March 8, 2019: International Women’s Day

In our country, women who attend university represent 54.1% of the total number of students, and their performance in undergraduate and master’s degrees exceeds that of men by ten percentage points. However, only 16.8% of all professors are women.

The average annual salary for a woman is 22% lower than that of a man and in the case of pensions, the difference is also significant: A woman receives an average of 597.21 euros per month, while a man receives around from 971.92 euros.

If we focus on the care of our elders and our minors, the data shows that, in our country, it is the women, with 82.2% of the total, who dedicate their time and effort to this important task.

If we decide to cut back on our working day, women are also the majority: 97.3% of people employed part-time for these reasons are women.

Household tasks also reflect inequality: women spend an average of 4 hours and 29 minutes getting their house ready, while men only average 2 hours and 32 minutes. In addition, the poverty risk rate is also higher: 21.3% for women versus 20.1%  for men.

According to the UN Women, (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women),current trends indicate that the digital divide is widening and that women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design. This prevents them from developing and influencing the development of gender-sensitive innovations that achieve transformative benefits for society.

Here at the Canis Majoris Foundation, we believe it is fundamental to educate on gender equality and change stereotypes from early childhood, educating from respect towards people, without discrimination and teaching them the importance of having the same rights and freedoms. In this way, we will be able to make the gap that exists at all levels between men and women, increasingly smaller.

 

 

 

 

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