Happy International Women’s Day

Over the past weeks, I have been seeing posters for International Women’s Day pop up over the city. More specifically here in Bremen, the theme is the financial impact of gender inequality. As I sat down to write our weekly blog, I thought I should find out exactly what issues are being raised this year.

I always like to start with a bit of basics-The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 with a focus on global activism. The March 8th Date is linked to a 1857 protest in New York City where textile workers are said to have demonstrated for rights such as: women’s suffrage, shorter working hours, higher wages and safety protections. The International Women’s Day website defines this day as ‘a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Each year, this day serves as a powerful reminder of the progress made towards gender equality and highlights the work that still needs to be done’. Last year, the celebration focused on Accelerating Equality and Empowerment and this year’s theme is Inspire Inclusion.

This year’s campaign ‘calls for action to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected. Inspire Inclusion encourages everyone to recognize the unique perspectives and contributions of women from all walks of life, including those from marginalized communities’.

The World Health Organization notes that within the EU women earn approximately 12,7% less than their male counterparts. Forbes Magazine notes that the global pay gap average is around 20%. In Germany, the unadjusted gender pay gap is 18% (this is a simple comparison of men’s vs. women’s wages) and the adjusted gender pay gap is 6%-this figure accounts for factors which impact salaries overall and includes job roles, education, and professional experience in comparing men’s vs. women’s wages. This figure is good news for those applying to jobs as a skilled worker in Germany or for jobs which are eligible for EU Blue Card status. If your firm is looking to hire abroad or you are personally looking to work or receive training in Germany and need help navigating the Visa or local immigration process, let our staff help you. We’re skilled in assisting with all aspects of the application process from Fast-track applications to initiating a job seeker visa.

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In signing off for the week, I’d like to end with a famous quote:

Here’s to strong women.
May we know them,
may we raise them.
May we be them.

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