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Marking European Gender Equality Week

Coinciding with the European Parliament’s Gender Equality Week, Eurofound will be highlighting its most recent findings related to gender issues. The COVID-19 crisis has had a disproportionate impact on women, with their mental well-being, work-life balance more negatively affected than men’s. In terms of the gender pay gap, women are earning around 14.1% less per hour than men. This figure hides significant differences across countries as the gender pay gap ranges from around 20% in Estonia, Latvia, Austria and Germany, to below 5% in Italy, Romania and Luxembourg. There is also a higher percentage of minimum wage earners among female employees (8.7%) than among male employees (5%) and in almost every EU country more than half of the total number of minimum wage earners are women.

Following on from Gender Equality week and to coincide with Equal pay day on 10 November 2021, Eurofound is organising a joint webinar with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE): Gender equality – It’s not all about pay. The webinar will be an opportunity to hear from experts on recent research findings and policy aspects of pay transparency. It will explore the gender pay gap and its root causes, covering issues such as gender segregation in employment and patterns of convergence in gender equality as measured by the gender Equality Index .

Gender equality, as a core value of the EU, is systematically integrated in Eurofound research and the Agency collaborates with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) on many gender-related topics. 

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Image: Gender Equality Week 2021 © European Union (2021) - European Parliament

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