By Tara Rippin • 19 December 2018 • 10:41
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SPAIN is among the worst in the world in terms of pay equality between men and women, despite being a ‘model country’ in terms of political empowerment and access to health and education.
This is the findings of the annual report on the gender gap of the World Economic Forum.
According to Forum executive director, Saadia Zahidi, ‘what is pulling Spain back is the salary parity for similar work’, with the country ranked 129th out of 149 countries – 20 places from the bottom.
Zahidi said the situation is the result of both ‘prejudices’ and by the ‘type of organisational structure that still dominates’.
She added that there is a ‘lack of progress in internal policies that allow paternity leave, have flexible workplaces and achieve promotions based on objectives and not on time in the office’.
In contrast, Spain has reportedly advanced dramatically in gender equality when it comes to accessing education and health, ranking first in gender consistency for enrolment from primary to university education.
The report reveals there are, in fact, more women than men entering universities, but on the flip side 10 per cent less females go on to enter the workplace.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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