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CURBING THE GENDER PAY GAP IN PAKISTAN.

Date: 11 March 2015

Author: Fasiha Farrukh  tw: @FasihaFarrukh

Author: Fasiha Farrukh  tw: @FasihaFarrukh

Economic Empowerment for Gender Equality is the recent concern which has made the entire world to accelerate their efforts towards achieving it & reaching for the top spot.

As per the recent rankings of WEF, many countries like France, the US, and Rwanda have made progress towards attaining the task of gender equality by confining their pay gap. While talking about Pakistan, unfortunately the country has slid down to the 141 spot which is placing it on the second last spot amongst 142 countries. Earlier, Pakistan was on the 112 spot in terms of women’s participation in the economy.

Research shows that women in Pakistan earn only 66% of total earnings of men. In many job areas of public & private sector, both women are earning way lesser than the men. Women working as a daily wager, also do not get the equal pay which is mainly due to the cultural barriers and social norms of considering woman as the second citizen, whereas, the nature of the job remains same for them as of men.

The Article-27 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan protects the rights of equal remuneration for equivalent work. Still, there are not any precise implementations of these defined laws in Pakistan for women’s equal income rights. This is the key reason which drops Pakistan in the lower rankings of gender equality along with the global economic growth rankings as well.

Despite having the same set of skills, expertise, educational degrees & giving the equal clock time, women are unable to get paid alike.

By suggesting & instigating the precise measures in this area, there are absolute chances that Pakistan can taper the gender pay gap ratio, which will result in an increase of its GDP as well.

The Beijing Declaration gives emphasis towards the objective of empowerment, equality, and growth of the women around the world. Pakistan is the member of the United Nations and owing to that membership, it is compelling to meet the terms of Beijing Declaration too.

The possible solution for narrowing this pay gap ratio is by establishing the legislation of Remuneration Audit, or Remuneration Law. This legislation can be executed as a mandatory one for all the registered and unregistered companies which will ensure that every employer is paying the equivalent amount of remuneration to their female employees and if not, then what are the rationales for that. As for every company, an annual audit is a mandatory rule, same as that this will be the new clause of Employment Law. This law will make certain about every employee getting paid in an equal manner and without any discrimination.

Stern statute & proper application of this legislation by regulating authorities can definitely help Pakistan's women to earn their rightful wage/salary & can participate in a better way towards the country’s economic growth.

Fasiha Farrukh is a young Pakistan columnist at the Inflectionist and she also is one of the most active contributors for EmpowerWomen. Her personal thoughts and ideas including other stories of her daily life can found on Twitter: @FasihaFarrukh