President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca stated that anomalies in women’s and men’s salaries, which in Malta is around 11%, needs to be addressed with everyone’s commitment. She was speaking during the launching of an educational video by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, aimed at making society more sensible that this issue is obstructing the economic inclusiveness of women in society.
The President Foundation considers that the 11% anomaly in salaries between men and women is obstructing the economic equality of women in the labour force. This gap emerges in Eurostat statistics, while a research shows that the Gender Pay Gap anomaly is the result of many factors including the fact that women frequently interrupt their careers in order to care for their children’s upbringing. The gap in financial income also leads that even in pension age, according to Eurostat, a woman out of three in European countries receives a pension lower than that of a man.
The President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society while recognizing the increase in job opportunities for women, is working to eliminate the difference in salaries between women and men. A few days before the world day on equal pay between sexes, President Coleiro Preca launched the video to deliver the message against this salary gap, saying that for every euro a man take home, a woman earns 89 cents.
The President’s Foundation was responsible for the video production, in collaboration with various entities including the University and the National Statistics Office.