Dienstag, 21. März 2017

Switzerland campaigns for equal pay at the UN

Women’s economic empowerment is the focus of this year’s session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that is currently taking place in New York. Switzerland is putting special emphasis on the issue of equal pay.  Despite progress made, Switzerland still has some way to go before it men and women are paid equally. As of today, all countries bar none have a gender pay gap.  According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), women earn 23% less than men worldwide. In Switzerland, women earn on average 18.1% less than their male counterparts.  "This disparity is detrimental not just to women and their families but to society as a whole", the Swiss foreign ministry wrote ahead of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women.  The Swiss delegation is led by Benno Bättig, secretary general of the foreign ministry and Sylvie Durrer, director of the Federal Office for Gender Equality. Switzerland, together with Iceland and South Africa ...

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