Workplace equality 257 years away – What GLOBAL WOMEN think
By Fatima Gorezi
Women consist of about half the world’s population and have an important place in economic and social development. They often face unpleasant problems, including discrimination in the labor market (although they are protected by various laws and conventions).
According to the World Economic Forum, it will take 257 years to bridge the gender gap in the workplace.
The report states that the number of women in ”old professions” has increased significantly, including in areas such as education, health, economics, etc., mainly as a result of the number of women in politics having increased in many countries. “Women lobby for women.” “Women support women.”
The report shows that the number of women who have embraced the new-century,technology-related occupations, is very low.
But how is the gender gap in different countries and what to what extent? Global Woman Magazine asked two members living in two different countries with different traditions, histories and socio-cultural backgrounds.
Cristina from Bucharest, Romania, Southeast Europe: “Workplace equality for women in Romania has become a key topic of discussion over the past 3-5 years across both the public sector and the corporate world. Women themselves focus more on building a strong career, becoming independent financially while balancing the other aspects of their private life such as taking care of the children, their education. However this ambition and pressure they put on their shoulders often takes its toll and it is expressed by anxiety, depression, burnout. And that is often because women don’t have or simply don’t ask for support at the right time. Companies, especially in the big corporate world, have global programs which are aimed at coaching and supporting women to be promoted,allowing them easier access to key leadership positions. The situation is differs in local companies – and especially industries which are male-predominant such as manufacturing–where there is not so much focus on the topic.’’
G.S., originally from Italy but based in London, spoke to Global Woman Magazine: “The UK is a developed country with more tradition in supporting women and encouraging employment in them. I come from Italy, from another tradition in the approach to women’s empowerment and where the gender gap is scarier. However, I see that women in the UK have the strongest positions. They are an authentic voice in some areas. The UK has had a female prime minister, which few countries in the world have had. However, I also see when working in corporations that those who are paid and in the top management positions are men. This is a pity, because there are also many talented women. I hope this ends as soon as possible.”
Progress in gender equality is slow.To achieve equality, companies must turn good intentions into concrete action.