According to UN estimations, two thirds of the world’s work is done by women. Most of the time, they are less well paid and more frequently affected by unemployment than the average.
When I first heard this assessment, I was surprised an concerned. Of course, we had often discussed the role of women in the world of work in our circle of friends, but this global assessment added another dimension to the whole thing. This was not about male / female quotas or buying luxury goods, it was more about simple existence.
Where does this injustice come from and why it is so difficult to change the situation? In fact, women’s limited access to higher education has often excluded them from better paid jobs, and even when they do, they usually earn less than men doing the same work. In many countries around the world, they are practically excluded from co-determination and in some, women’s exclusion is even understood as part of cultural identity.
Even if the situation is slowly changing in the western world, it still describes a principled, morally but also economically problematic situation in many emerging countries. It will certainly take generations to change the system and make women’s equality a fundamental condition for a harmonious and creative society.
“No country can abandon the productivity and creativity of half of its population. Especially not if it wants to grow.”
Hamidon Ali, Präsident der UN-ECOSOC