Due to a survey of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 1.2 billion women were employed in 2007. Only half of them had a job which offers a humane area. Humane area means a job which offers sufficient salary, social protection, having a voice and compliance with working standards.(c.f. Focus, “Global Labour Market”, 07.03.2008)
The number 1.2 billion presents an increase of 18% for employed women during the last 10 years. Nevertheless the number of unemployed women also increased from 70.2 million to 81.6 million. The worldwide unemployed rate for women is about 1% higher than for men. A further inequity can be found in the payment of wages. Thus, women earned in 2007 about 16% less than their male colleagues. (c.f. Focus, “Global Labour Market”, 07.03.2008)
Although the female image has changed during the last 30 years, there are still inequalities even in modern areas like Europe. I think it is time to abandon with this medieval thinking and build up a labour market which offers same conditions independent of gender. As one of the latest parts of this world Europe has the responsibility to go forward as a good example for the rest of the world.