The 5 Key Issues Facing Women Working In The G20

What are the top five challenges you face at work? The Thomson Reuters Foundation, supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, put the question to more than 9,500 women across the G20 countries in a survey conducted by international pollster Ipsos MORI. 

The survey found that work-life balance is the issue that concerns women most. This is followed by equal pay as women are increasingly aware that on a global scale they earn less than men working in the same jobs and are often denied the same job and career opportunities. Harassment in the workplace was the third most flagged issue. The poll finds nearly one third of G20 women say they have been harassed at work but more than 60 percent do not report this.

Here are the highlights from the survey: 

Can you have children and a career? G20 women tend to think so
Brazil tops the table with 74 percent of women saying they did not think having children would damage their career, followed by South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia and India.

By contrast, it is women in some of the richest G20 countries - Germany, Britain, France and Japan – who are most worried that having children would sideline their careers.

Nearly one third of G20 women harassed at work but few speak out
Women in India were most likely to speak out, with 53 percent saying they always or most often reported harassment. India was followed by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

By contrast women in Russia, South Korea, Brazil, Japan and Indonesia were most likely to never or rarely report harassment. Ipsos MORI said the face-to-face polling in Indonesia and South Africa may have had some impact on the findings.

Gender pay gap is top workplace concern for U.S. women
For many women in the United States, the gender pay gap is their biggest workplace concern, according to a poll of more than 9,500 women in the G20 nations by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation.

The pay gap was also cited as the major concern for women in Germany, France, Britain, Canada, Brazil and Australia, according to the survey on the key issues facing women at work.

Turkish, Indian women tend to stay silent on unequal treatment
Women in Turkey and India face some of the greatest workplace inequities among the G20 nations but are least likely to speak out.

Nearly half of women overall in the G20 do not believe they have the same access to jobs or career advancements as men.

Only four in every 10 women were confident they earned the same as a man doing the same job.

Juggling work and home most critical issue for G20 women, particularly in Asia
Women in Russia and four of five Asian countries in the G20 - South Korea, India, China and Japan - said it was the most challenging issue they faced in the workplace.

Millennial women more upbeat about their future in the workplace
Millennial women are more confident that they can juggle families and careers than are older women, the survey found.

The survey found 43 percent of women from the millennial generation are confident they earn the same salary as a man doing the same job compared with 34 percent of women aged 50 to 64.

A similar proportion of millennial women, or 42 percent, feel they have access to the same types of business networks as men compared to 33 percent of older women.

They are also more confident about going it alone with 40 percent saying it was easy for them to start a business as a man compared to 33 percent of older women.

The survey was carried out online by Ipsos Global @dvisor from 24 July– 7 August 2015 in the following 17 countries: Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan and the United States. The survey was also carried out face-to-face in South Africa and Indonesia from 6 August – 25 August 2015.

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