Gender Pay Gap Must End, Says IFJ PDF Print

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Published: 7 March 2012

Region: Worldwide

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today marked the 101st International Women's Day by calling on media organisations to end the persisting gender pay gap in journalism. The IFJ published jointly with WageIndicator a global report on Gender Pay Gap in Journalism which shows that women journalists continue to face persisting discrimination in wages and benefits.

"The struggle for equality in media remains the reality," says Beth Costa, IFJ General Secretary, "The report proved that little progress has been made to end gender pay gap."

According to the report, women journalists are paid 17% less than male colleagues in Europe, 9% less in former Soviet Union countries and 4% less in South America. In addition, women journalists receive less employment benefits (such as health insurance, pension, holiday allowance, etc.) which aggravate the inequality in wage levels. As a result, women journalists are less satisfied with their jobs and working conditions.

The report points out that the pay gap increases with age. Women aged 30 and 45 years face the biggest pay gap as they have to stay out of the job to take care of children and thus accumulate less tenure for pension and lose built up seniority, explains the report.

"Women journalists face the same dangers as male colleagues, and are sometimes more vulnerable to harassment and bullying, yet they are paid less for the work of equal value," says Mindy Ran, Chair of the IFJ Gender Council, "And they have less job security."

The IFJ says more measures need to be introduced to end gender pay gap, such as implementing pay audit, increasing flexible work, improving maternity and paternity rights, removing barriers to building seniority and promotion, and gender-aware collective bargaining.

"In order to fight wage inequality, data such as those in this report, is important, both as a weapon against those who believe the fight for equality has been won, and for policy makers, governments and trade unions to plan further, concrete actions to tackle it," says Ran.

The IFJ partnered with WageIndicator and launched a Decent Wage Campaign to raise awareness among journalists of their rights to decent pay for their work and to decent working conditions. To respond to the wage survey, please visit the campaign page.

WageIndicator is an independent non-profit foundation which aims for transparency of the labour market by sharing and comparing data through its network of national websites.

Courtesy of Ethical Journalism Initiative