Europe’s austerity fetish and longer term neo-liberal reforms promoted by Big Business, Governments and the EU Commission hurt women disproportionately. Here’s a few facts to illustrate the point.
- The gender pay gap is around 16%
- It ranges from more than a quarter (27%) in Estonia to around a fiftieth (2%) in Slovenia. The latest figures from Eurostat suggest that at least until 2010, the gender pay gap appears to have been narrowing. However, there was no further progress in 2011 ·
- The gender gap in pensions is currently 39% on average in the EU – largely a result of the gender pay gap
- Across the European Union, the poverty rate of women is higher than of men: it is at 17.1 % against 15.7 % for men (data from 2010). The gaps in poverty levels to the detriment of women are highest in Romania, Sweden, Austria and Italy (about 3…
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