Waiting, as a woman, 81 years.
by Zefi Dimadama (September 29, 2015)
“I cannot bear to talk about gender equality anymore! It is such an old-fashioned and boring issue!” All these thoughts were part of a recent conversation among friends. For this reason, I referred once more to the official data.
Reading the data about gender equality from the United Nations in detail, I realized that I have to wait for 81 years after my own birth in order to have the same opportunities with a man for becoming a chief executive in a business.
Simultaneously, I will continue to earn less than my male colleagues for the next 70 years, if the slow rate of the reduction of the wage disparities continues to be the same (International Labour Organization). And if I will become a mother, it will be even worse, as I am going to earn a 77 percent of a man’s fee.
At a rough estimate, and also depending on the effectiveness of the relevant policies of the states, gender equality is expected to be achieved globally around 2090, and as a result the representation of men and women in positions of power will be achieved.
These data also indicate that, although more women and girls have access to education, only 50% of them have access to employment. More and more women take positions of power at work, but they still need multiple time to conquer them and clearly, they are paid less.
We have to be vigilant. It is not enough to be willing to fight discrimination; we ought to identify specific objectives and to constantly coerce for the adoption of policies and measures, in European, national and regional level. Everything counts, even the most trivial action as well as a symbolic move can become an example, can give a vision and can make the difference in the lives of million women.
More specifically, I mention that this year is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, an organization that promotes, among other things, the indiscriminate gender participation to equal opportunities. Nonetheless, in the 70 years of its operation, no woman ever occupied the position of the Secretary General.
For this reason, a web initiative has already started in order to promote and support women for the position of the Secretary General in the United Nations. And of course, this is a target of a high value. However, women deserve it and have the right to vindicate and occupy positions of high responsibility, instead of being restricted in assistant positions. Our aim is to vindicate and support a skillful and dynamic woman for the position of the Secretary General at the United Nations.
*Zefi Dimadama is VP of PES Women, Regional - Environmental Ecomomist, PhD
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