UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for dismantling the discrimination and harmful gender stereotypes that contribute to the gender pay gap, reports UNB.
“Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic offers a generational opportunity to write a new social contract that upholds women’s human rights, including the right to equal pay,” he said in a message on Saturday.
He said COVID-19 pulled back the curtain on a gross injustice: the lack of compensation for the work of raising children and caring for people who cannot look after themselves, which is largely done by women.
By pushing care work out of the formal economy and into the home, Guterres said, the pandemic has exacerbated the gender pay gap.
Many women are struggling to hold down paid jobs while raising children, dealing with online school, and caring for sick or vulnerable family members without material compensation, he said.