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Gender Equality and a Four-day Workweek

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The European Union (EU) is currently at the forefront of a groundbreaking experimentexploring the potential benefits of a four-day workweek. Belgium has taken the first step towards it, granting employees the right to work for four days with full pay. While primarily aiming to improve employees well-being and productivity, this initiative could have surprising, yet significant, implications for narrowing the gender gap within the EU.

The EU continues to face deep-rooted gender disparities in several areas. Womens participation in the labour market is notably lower, with a 69.3% employment rate compared to mens 80% as reported in 2022. Additionally, there is a pronounced wage disparity, with women earning 12.7% less than men per hour of work in 2021, and a stark lack of female representation in executive positions. These issues are deeply intertwined with the unequal sharing of unpaid domestic duties, rigid work schedules, and persistent societal biases, necessitating forward-thinking solutions.

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Published On : 9th Mar, 2024

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