Gender equality is a topic that has been discussed for some time in different nations. This topic does not seem to fade anytime soon. There is always controversy based on what people understand, and what they think should be the case. To some extent, gender equality has been regarded as a human right. The current definition tends to focus more on women since they are normally regarded as weaker compared to men. As a tool for reducing poverty, gender equality aims at empowering women so that they can enjoy a similar status to men. Women empowerment is believed to contribute to the productivity and health of families and community at large. The status that women enjoy in the current generation seems to be different compared to how it was in the past. The 21st-century women have become empowered, sophisticated and driven by their own desires. Regardless of the progress made, women do not enjoy the same benefits and status as men since there are some gaps, which are still vivid.
There are various occurrences in the society that can be used to show that women do not enjoy the same benefits and status as women. Among them is the discrimination that exists in the labour market. The European Union has tried to undertake various initiatives to deal with the problem, but the progress has not been that significant. Yes, there are various changes taking place, but the changes do not give women similar status as men. In the labour market, women seem to receive lower wages compared to men. There have been improvements on this issue, but they are not yet sufficient. In Greece, “the pay gap was 13% in 1998 and 11.5% in 2003” (Drakopoulou and Theodossiou, 2008). There is an improvement in this case, but it not sufficient since women are still lagging behind. The main reason for the differences experienced in wages is the discrimination that exists towards women in the labour market. The legislative intervention has not been very effective due to the socioeconomic factors (Drakopoulou and Theodossiou, 2008). Another e
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