Salary inequality, a face to gender violence

The wage inequality that exists in Mexico between the sexes is also a form of gender violence and economic discrimination against women, which needs to be addressed as a priority, according to the Mexican businesswoman Angélica Fuentes Téllez.

“When we refer to the term ‘violence’, we immediately think that it only includes physical or sexual aggression; however, there are other ways of exercising violence against women from much more structural aspects, but less visible”, he explained.

“Economic disparity, the salary gap, not having access to leadership positions, the overload of housework, unpaid care and services provided, exclusion in decision-making in areas such as finance, business or the stock market are also forms of gender violence that we have to make visible and work to make them disappear”, emphasized Angélica Fuentes.

Official data from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) indicate that the difference in income at the national level between men and women who make up the Economically Active Population is between 16 and 34.2 percent.

“There is a strongly marked disadvantage that Mexican women must face every day and it is enough to look at the data. On average, the annual income of women is 54.5% lower than that of men, which makes us the third country with the largest wage gap by gender, of the 37 countries that make up the OECD,” said Angélica Fuentes.

Men with higher job benefits.

Likewise, and according to the study Structural Discrimination and Social Inequality, published by the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (Conapred) in 2017, it was revealed that in Mexico, men receive an average labor income per hour worked 34.2 percent higher than Women’s.

“The times we live in require changes at all levels. For many years, gender equity has been neglected, however, the new generations have woken up and started a fight for women of all ages. It is time to generate the relevant dialogues and work spaces, to work on public policies that promote true gender equity, covering issues such as the salary gap,” said the also activist.

“We are not looking for higher salaries and positions above those of men. The fight is for equity, fair and equitable pay, because the effort, capacity, knowledge and drive that women give to the Mexican and global economy have the same strength and importance as that of men,” she said.

Finally, Angélica Fuentes sent a strong message to women, pointing out that “gender should not decide your future. Remember that you are a free being with rights and a voice to assert them.”