Gender inequality still an issue in Slovakia - analysis.

By bne IntelliNews June 7, 2011
Women in Slovakia are paid less and are poorly represented in politics, according to an analysis of the labour ministry cited by CTK news agency. The average monthly salary of women was EUR 706 in 2010, or 25% less than the average wage of men. At the same time unemployment rate among women was 14.6% against 14.4% for men. Women are relatively well represented on top managerial positions but their presence in politics is weak. Prime minister Iveta Radicova and justice minister Lucia Zitnansk are the only women in the 15-member government. Only 20% of the members of the national, regional and local authorities are women. A previous analysis by the state-run Financial Policy Institute (IFP) estimated that increasing the share of working women could boost the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) by 1.6%. Currently the share of economically active women in Slovakia is 61%, below the EU-15 average of 66%. We remind that in its latest Going for Growth publication, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) highlighted the support for female labour force participation as one of the reform priorities that would be most effective in delivering sustained growth in Slovakia over the next decade.

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