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Although governments and companies are increasingly committed to gender equality in the workplace, gender inequality is still a problem:

  • The Netherlands falls in the equality between men and women rankings. Inequality between men and women has widened in the Netherlands over the past year. As a result, the Netherlands falls sharply in the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranking on gender equality: from 27th place in 2018 to 38th place in 2019. (WEF/trouw)
  • Almost three-quarters of girls in the Netherlands think that it is more difficult for women to obtain a managerial position than for men. Also, 73 percent of girls believe that female leaders have to work harder to be respected than their male counterparts. (Plan International)
  • European women earn on average 15% less per hour than men. (European Parlement)
  • 52 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 35 are now highly educated, compared to 42 percent of men. Yet they are less likely to have high positions and often earn less. (CBS)
  • Investment funds rarely finance women’s start-ups and that is a missed opportunity. More than nine in ten of venture capital-funded startups are under the exclusive leadership of men. Research shows that Dutch investors hardly allocate venture capital to female entrepreneurs. (VU Amsterdam).
  • Companies with a balanced gender ratio in management perform better. In this way, this balance ensures better productivity, more creativity, innovation and openness in the corporate culture. In addition, it becomes easier to attract and retain new talent. It is also easier for these companies to put themselves in the position of the target group. (ILO)
  • Nearly three-quarters of companies committed to gender diversity in management saw a profit increase of between 5 and 20 percent. (ILO)
  • Women run a higher risk of living in poverty at a later age because of the pay gap. For example, in 2018 women’s pensions in Europe were about 30% lower than men’s. (European parliament)
  • “None of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. That’s the sobering finding of the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 by World Economic Forum, which reveals that gender parity will not be attained for 99.5 years” (WEF)

We do not want to wait another 100 years for gender equality. Do you?

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