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Women's salaries in Latvia 17% lower than men's

BC, Riga, 13.08.2014.Print version
Women's salaries in Latvia are, on the average, about 17 percent lower than men's salaries, the Society Integration Foundation's representative Aija Bauere said during the opening ceremony of the "Līdzvērtīgas iespējas" (Equal opportunities) campaign today, cites LETA.

Women receive smaller salaries even if they work the same jobs as men.


The proportion of women in Latvia is one of the largest in Europe, nevertheless, Latvia is ranked 15th on the European Union's gender equality index list.


According to data provided by the campaign's organizers, only a third of all university graduates in 2012 were men.


As for universities' study programs, only natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, manufacturing and construction courses have male students in the majority.


The proportion of men is also larger in state institutions. More than two-thirds of Saeima deputies are men. Furthermore, several state companies have no female members on their boards.


According to Reinis Uzulnieks from the welfare minister's office, Latvian residents have various stereotypes about what jobs are more suitable for each gender.


Uzulnieks said that gender equality is the one aspect that facilitates economic growth.


Bauere, on the other hand, indicated that it is necessary to improve the public's understanding that stereotypes are not a criterion in choosing a job.

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