Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2023. 1:36 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Last week, the United Nations observed International Equal Pay Day and highlighted the disparity with employed men and women.
“Across all regions, women are paid less than men, with the gender pay gap estimated at around 20 per cent globally,” the UN noted.
In addition to the pay gap in the labour force, women are often underestimated and women leaders work harder to break barriers and expose their abilities and capabilities in countries around the world.
During the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 130 world leaders presented.
More than 50 ministers addressed the annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, but fewer than 12% of those to stand at the lectern were women.
According to Reuters, of the 189 member countries who spoke there were 88 heads of state and 42 heads of government.
Among the speakers were 21 women – six heads of state, four heads of government, one vice president, nine ministers and one vice minister.
The United Nations noted that throughout the entire system, women make up 44% of international staff.
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