The Slovenia Times

Gender Equality Issues Take Centre Stage on Women's Day



More than a third of women (36.5%) in Slovenia and nearly two thirds of men (63.5%) believe a woman's place is at home, a survey conducted in 2013 by pollster Mediana Adria shows.

The percentage of women in Slovenia who believe their sex belongs in the kitchen is however somewhat lower than in Croatia (37%), Bosnia-Herzegovina (39%) and Serbia (39.1%), shows the survey among 15,218 people.

The pay gap still remains one of the biggest issues of gender equality. 2012 data for Slovenia show that women were paid an average of EUR 1,555, gross, which was 5% lower than the average gross pay for men at EUR 1,639.

The biggest pay gap was recorded in healthcare and social services, where women made 26.5% less than men. A similar gap was seen in the finance and insurance sectors, where women's pay was 24.9% lower than men's, data from the Statistics Office show.

However, women earned more than men in what are considered traditionally male industries; construction (18.4% more), transport and storage (16.1%) and water supply and waste management (14.8%). Here, the women were in minority and had higher-paying jobs.

The head of the coalition Social Democrats, Igor Lukšič, pointed in his statement ahead of 8 March to another relevant statistics. The average salary for women with primary education in 2011 was on 13.6% lower than that of men with the same level of education.

The average pay of women with secondary education was 10% lower than that of men with the same education, while the gap increased to 18% for women with higher education, he said.

Data for 2012 from the Statistics Office moreover show higher poverty risk rates for women. While general poverty risk rate was at 13.5% in 2012, the highest rate, 25%, was seen in women over 64.

The risk of poverty for single women over 64 was even higher, a whopping 44%, which was 11 percentage points higher than in men.

The Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities moreover said that every second woman in Slovenia was victim of emotional abuse such as shouting and humiliation, while 20% of Slovenian women were victims of physical abuse.

Education Minister Jernej Pikalo said that Slovenia's statistics on women in managerial positions in science were not bad compared to other countries. However, they are also nothing to brag about, the minister said on Friday.

Moreover data from the Statistics Office show that 60% of those who graduated (20,596) in 2012 were women. Women prevail in almost all courses, with the exception of higher vocational training and doctoral studies.

The number of women doctors has been slowly increasing over the years to become nearly level with the men in 2012, according to the Statistics Office.

The share of women lecturers at universities is below 20%, according to data of the Education Ministry's Commission for Women in Science.


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