Answer to the public consultation from the EU Commission on “equal pay”

05.04.19

The gender pay gap is the result of many complex factors including vertical and horizontal occupational segregation and direct pay discrimination but is mainly linked to what is called the “motherhood penalty”. In a society where unpaid care work (household work, caring for children, disabled, elderly and frail) is not valued, the motherhood penalty refers to the pay gap (care gap) between mothers and childless women.

The fact that mothers suffer a wage penalty raises major concerns that go beyond those highlighted  by  gender  inequality.  This  ultimately  questions  the  capacity  of  societies  to manage a sustainable balance between their economic aim of active female participation in paid  work  and  the  social  aims  of  providing a fair distribution of income to support the reproduction and rearing of children.

Moreover, the absence of a definition of the concept of work of equal value, including clear evaluation criteria for the comparison of different functions, constitutes a major obstacle for victims of wage discrimination seeking legal action. The inclusion in European Union legislation, enforceable in national legislation, of such a definition and criteria for classification and evaluation of functions could help victims of wage discrimination to bring an action before the national courts.

In  Chapter  I,  this  paper will  present  a  short  exposition of the gender pay gap in the European Union. In Chapter II, it will explore the underlying cause of the gender pay gap, which  arises  from  the  unequal  distribution of unpaid care work. In Chapter III, summary will be presented of current situation in Belgium on equal pay, and finally there will be some recommendations in Chapter IV.

Answer Public Consultation 5th April
MMM Contribution EU Survey

 

Most read articles

Changing narratives about unpaid care work and the economy

03.07.21

UN New York / HLPF - Register now to join us virtually at this year’s High Level Political Forum side-event.

Lire plus

Afghan faces and voices of courage

21.09.21

August 15th saw the collapse of the Afghan government and a return to power by the Taliban. At MMM, like much of the rest of the world, we were shocked

Lire plus

Unpaid care work is work that our economic system must recognize, invest in and support

19.07.21

UN New York / HLPF - A look back at our side-event to the UN High Level Political Forum

Lire plus
See all the articlesof the category

News from the MMM European Delegation

MMM contributes to EU Care Strategy

18.05.22

In these unprecedented times, when Europe is navigating a global pandemic, when political tensions are boiling over threatening to destabilize the global order, it is vital to reflect on the people who hold the

Read more

MMM connects gender pension gap and mothers’ ability to receive long term care in old age

11.05.22

Our contribution to the EU Commission's Call for evidence: “Access to affordable and high-quality long-term care” The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to strengthen the European care economy. To e

Read more

An integrated approach to childcare services from a children’s rights perspective

10.05.22

The European Commission (EC) has announced its new plan to develop a European Care Strategy expected to strengthen long-term care and early childhood education and care, as envisaged under the European pillar o

Read more

The European Care Strategy: The right time to place Mothers centre stage

28.03.22

Make Mothers Matter strongly welcomes the launch of a European Care Strategy. In these unprecedented times, when Europe is navigating a global pandemic, when political tensions boil over and heinous attacks on

Read more

Maternal health care in the EU

08.12.21

This autumn, EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality) released its Gender Equality Index Report. This year’s Index focuses on the links between health and gender equality. 

Read more

Françoise de Bellefroid 1925-2021

22.09.21

Françoise de Bellefroid was President of MMM, then World Movement of Mothers, from 1992 to 2000. She passed away in Brussels this Summer leaving 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren! We would like to pa

Read more