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Gender equity still faces challenges – ILO

ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
THE International Labour Organisation (ILO) says while there have been many achievements on gender equality since the Beijing Declaration on women rights was signed by 189 governments, many challenges remain, including a motherhood pay gap.
ILO director general Guy Ryder said in a statement to commemorate International Women’s Day that “We need to be innovative, to reframe the debate and to intensify the focus on ensuring the rights of women at work and promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment”.
Mr Ryder said two decades after the world’s largest gathering of women adopted a far-reaching agenda for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; women are only marginally better off with respect to equality at work.
He said progress in realising the Declaration and Platform for adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 has been mixed
The ILO has also published a new working paper entitled “Motherhood Pay Gap” that imposes a wage penalty often over and above the wage gap already experienced by women worldwide.
According to the paper, mothers often earn less than women without children, depending on where they live and how many children they have.
The ILO also says violence against women remains a major factor undermining women’s dignity and access to decent work, adding that a gender pay gap persists, both for women with and without children.

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