Japan, England, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia are some countries in the world that have made progress in promoting gender equality, facilitating better living and working for women.
In fact, gender inequality is still dull, especially in Asian countries, which have traditionally been “respectful of men and women” since ancient times. However, when society is growing, the role and position of women is also increasing.
To achieve the goal of “Womenomics” to promote the important role of women in the reconstruction of the economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has adjusted a series of policies to “untie” and empower women. This female country helps millions of women participate in the labor market while still fulfilling their family life.
Since 2014, Japan has increased maternity wages for mothers in the first 6 months after birth from 50% to 67% of the basic salary and received all before the maternity leave.
Meanwhile, to solve the problem of babysitting, the Japanese government aims to secure additional seats for 500,000 babies, as of the end of 2017. In addition, ministries and businesses also implement many initiatives to support women like working from home or flexible hours.
UNITED OF KINGDOM
At the end of 2016, the wage gap between men and women in the UK dropped to its lowest level since this data was recorded nearly 20 years ago. According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, the wage gap between male and female workers is at 9.4%, while in 1997 this difference was 17.4%.
These encouraging figures come from the UK Government, which has implemented many measures including strengthening the right to work and receive equal wages for all male and female workers on condition that they meet is required by the employer.
On September 27, 2016, more than 14,000 Saudi Arabia women signed a petition to terminate the women’s guardian system, changing the rule “women need men’s permission” to travel or work. This is the first time a petition of this type has been issued with such a large number of signatures.
Under Saudi Arabia’s current law, all women must have a male guardian, usually a father, husband or brother. They must ask the guardian’s permission if they want to travel, work, get married, rent a house, even get medical treatment. In addition, they are also prohibited from driving.
Women in Switzerland may be offered an extra year after the House of Representatives has voted through increasing the retirement age for women to 65, equal to the retirement age of men. This was at the end of 2016. Previously, the Senate of this country also voted. This proposal may be put on referendum before becoming a law.