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08/03/2016 | Note for equality

Note for Equality N° 18: The wage gap persists between men and women

Earning the same as men under equal conditions is a woman’s right, and a requisite for her autonomy as well as for the achievement of gender equality.

The gender wage gap, reflecting discrimination and inequality in the labor market, has declined in the region in recent decades, although insufficiently. It remains an important obstacle to women’s economic autonomy, and to overcoming poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The decrease of 12.1 percentage points between 1990 and 2014 of the wage gap represents progress towards equal pay between women and men in Latin America. However the salary of women is still only 84 percent of the amount men earn. This situation demonstrates differences depending on the educational level of the employed persons.