In the European Union, the number of working women is as high as never before. As the EU-calculated Commission, in 2017 two-thirds – 66.4 percent – the women between the ages of 20 and 64 years have a Job. Although this percentage represents a record high, has asked the Commission according to its own data in the past year, several countries, to improve conditions for women in the labour market. Including Austria and Germany, along with Poland, Slovakia, Ireland, Estonia and the Czech Republic.

Among the men the percentage of the working population of the EU stood at around 78 percent, so in 2017, three out of four men had worked.

Female Workers is 16 percent less money than men earn, according to the survey, however, in the average. In the consequence this means: women received 35.7% less pension and are at risk in old age poverty. In some countries one woman in ten could not afford to age for the necessary health care.

The wage difference between men and women could only be partially explained by the fact that women were often working in lower-paid sectors, analyse the EU-officials. As a further reasons are the EU-Commission, poor childcare options and the lack of preparedness in businesses, flexible hours of work. Therefore, women worked a total of less.

In six out of 28 States, the government has a Boss

Critically, the EU Commission sees the low participation of women in governments and parliaments. According to the report, is only managed in six of the 28 States, the government of a woman, in November of 2018, with 65 percent of deputies in national parliaments were male. Only in Finland the Situation is different: In the Finnish Parliament, the authors of the survey included 77 percent of female deputies.

Also in the economy of women according to the EU-Commission under-represented: The large listed companies in the EU, a wife would be only 6.3 percent of the company.

Basically, women would be in work everyday still many problems, there appeared to be Frans Timmermans, the Vice-President of the Commission. This includes harassment count, as well as lower wages and career opportunities. “We are in the year 2019, and progress in the area of gender equality, progress is still at a snail’s pace. In some countries, there are even steps backwards,” said Timmermans.

The equality of men and women, the report referred to as a fundamental value of the European Union.

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