According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey, joined by Gallup Pakistan, 54% of Pakistanis believe that men earn more in a job as compared to women.
A representative sample of males and females from across the four provinces was asked, “In Pakistan, do you feel that men and women earn the same for the same job?” In response, 54% said men earn more, 12% felt that women earn more while 33% of respondents felt that both earn equally for the same job.
Meanwhile, Pedro Conceicao, Director of Human Development Report Office at the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, noted that the greater imposition of women in political and business organizations is not about gender equality alone but it is also an opportunity to make growth also with their capabilities while addressing the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai.
UNDP officials said the world economy will go up by 10 to 30% if the wage difference levels between the two genders. It is not only about gender equality but also about what they can bring to the management of organizations
Companies with females in senior management positions tend to earn more returns. This is the same case in the banking sector as well. The evidence from the IMF [International Monetary Fund] research has proved this,” said Pedro Conceicao.
“It is not only about gender equality but also about what they can bring to the management of organizations. They bring new perspectives and diversity to decision making [which help the organizations earn more benefits/ profits,]” Conceicao explained.
UNDP officials said the world economy will go up by 10 to 30% if the wage difference levels between the two genders.
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Still women [with the same qualification] earn [on average] 75 percent less than what men earn at the workplace [worldwide],” Conceicao pointed out.
He pressed for facilities like childcare, parental leave must be given to help women balance their work life. Also, the increase in health and education will beef up women’s empowerment. “They do better than men,” the UN official pointed out.
The UNDP has already discussed these problems in society and have devised multiple solutions to rectify it.