Gender Gap Report: Equal Work, Equal Money? – Germany since 2009

Status: 07/13/2022 17:13

Thanks to former Chancellor Merkel, Germany achieved a global survey on gender equality in the ‘political participation’ category. The situation is quite different when it comes to how men and women are paid for the same job.

In the Gender Equality Ranking, Germany achieved the highest value since the beginning of the analysis 16 years ago. In the Gender Gap Report 2022 of the World Economic Forum Foundation (WEF), Germany was ranked 10th out of 146 in the international comparison – and thus one place higher than last year. WEF looks at the areas of business, education, health, and politics.

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The US came 27th, China 102nd and Japan 116th. Afghanistan came last.

Lots of points for participating in political life

According to the report, one of the reasons for Germany’s high position is the growing political participation of women in the country – according to the WEF, this area has been particularly shocked. This is mainly due to former Chancellor Angela Merkel who, according to the report, earned Germany a lot of points during her long term in office. The index takes into account the number of years of a country ruled by a woman as head of government. In an international comparison, Germany is also well positioned in terms of the proportion of women in management positions – this figure is the fourth highest in Europe in the last 50 years, said a WEF spokesman.

In the “Education” category, the survey found that Germany closed the justice gap by almost 98 percent. Germany still ranks 81st in this category as other countries have fared better in some cases.

For the categoryHealth and survival ”is taken into account, for example, life expectancy. According to the report, 97 percent are here. equal opportunities.

Leaving behind in the area of ​​”Economic Participation”.

On the other hand, it was much worse in the subcategory “economic share”. For example, it examines whether women and men earn the same amount of money for the same job and how many women hold managerial positions. Germany has fallen back to 2009 levels in this area, a spokesman said.

Corona rejected the perspective of equality

From a global perspective, the projections in the report seem rather grim: the coronavirus pandemic, for example, has rejected the prospect of gender equality by a generation, WEF said. One reason is that proportionally more women than men lost their jobs during the pandemic. The inequality in the labor market has been greater than ever since the survey began in 2006. This, in turn, is also due to the fact that childcare work, such as childcare, was still largely the task of women when kindergartens and schools were closed. The pandemic has pushed women back into traditional role models.

Even before the pandemic, there was a great deal of inequality between women and men in this area: before the pandemic, unpaid work accounted for 19 percent of total working time for men, and 55 percent for women.

Women in particular will be hit by the rising costs

And even looking ahead, the picture of the rapid shift towards full equality worldwide is bleak: women in particular will be hit by the rising cost of living, according to the report. Women were disproportionately affected by the crisis, caused by, for example, rising food and fuel prices, redundancies during the corona epidemic and insufficient care for the elderly and children, according to the report.

Report: Women and men equal in 132 years

If development is as slow as before, it will be another 132 years before the gender gap is closed worldwide. There were 136 more in the last report.

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