Women in Serbia earn about 16 per cent less than men, compared to the European average that is 16.3 per cent, said Zorana Mihajlovic, Deputy Prime Minister and president of the Coordination Body for Labour Equality.
“On the day when the European Union marks the Equal Pay Day because from today to the end of the year, we have to draw attention to the situation that our women are in when it comes to their salaries. Unfortunately, we do not differ from the European average, since women in Serbia earn about 16 per cent less than men, compared to 16.3 per cent that is the European average. We have to change that,” Mihajlovic said.
She pointed out that the reasons why women were less paid vary and that it was necessary to change the habits and patriarchal patterns present in every society.
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“Although many of them are university graduates, women work in less-paid sectors, while there are significantly fewer of them in the more promising economic sectors like IT. Furthermore, women are the ones who provide care to family members, so they are more often forced to leave work and go on paid leave to take care of children. We need to encourage women to try to find a job in professions related to natural and technical sciences, and we also need to promote the economy of parenting and the role that fathers have in raising children,” Mihajlovic said.
She added that women work twice more than men at home and spend 40 days a year on this unpaid work.
“In relation to men, who spend 10 hours a week on household chores, women spend 22 hours a week doing household chores on top of their job. Women need work 40 days longer to compensate for the pay gap,” concluded Mihajlovic.
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