UN: ILO says 'motherhood pay gap' shows progress on equality inadequate

New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) says 20 years after governments pledged more equality for women at a global conference in Beijing, China, they continue to suffer widespread discrimination, more especially mothers.

In a statement obtained by PANA in New York on Saturday, ILO stated that mothers in workplaces are at a clear disadvantage, with many suffering "wage penalties" when they had children.

It said that it could take decades to change the status quo and recommended that measures must be put in place to empower women in the workplace, as well as address the pay gap.

The statement also said ILO data showed that mothers earned up to 25 per cent less than women without children.

ILO's Shauna Olney, who launched the Motherhood Pay Gap report in Geneva, said: "When women take periods out, they do not recover from them as fast as men who take the same periods out, so I think just that bias is important to overcome."

ILO also stated there had been only "marginal" improvements in women's equality in the workplace in the 20 years since the fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

It said despite the fact that there had been a 50 per cent increase in the number of countries which had ratified agreements on equal pay and discrimination, low-paid jobs continued to be done by a majority of women.

"This means that women are more likely to get a poorer pension too, and unless something is done, it will take 71 years before women earn the same as men," the UN agency said.
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07 march 2015 17:19:49

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