Equal work opportunities to everyone.
Jul 07, 2021|8Decent Work and Economic Growth
According to the UN, "The median gender pay gap in countries with data around 2017 (based on hourly earnings) is close to 12%, meaning that in half of all countries with data, women's hourly earnings are on average 12% lower than men."
The wage gap, or gender pay gap, is the average difference between the remuneration for men and women working the same type of job, providing they have the same experience and education. Gender-based pay discrimination has been illegal since 1963 but is still frequent, especially amongst ethnic minorities. The United Nations Sustainable Goal 8 looks into providing equal work opportunities to everyone regardless of gender or skin color.
However, this is easier said than done.
Do you know what you want to do for a living when you grow up? Some jobs have been historically allocated to people depending on their gender. Typically, only women were teachers and nurses for many years, and only men were professors and doctors. It is hard to break from this cycle of gender roles in some societies, making it harder for women to enter specific job markets. Gender stereotypes shape self-perception, attitudes and can influence participation in the world of work. For example, in a school environment, gender stereotypes can affect your classroom experience, academic performance, subject choice, and well-being.
Thinking Cap On
Has there ever been a sport or class you wanted to take but didn't because it was thought to be too girly or too boyish for you? If so, how did that make you feel? It is our job as adults and our job as future professionals to break these stereotypes and simply see us as equal humans. If you can dream it, you can make it.