The wage gap between women and men
- Parliamentary Assembly
adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of
the Assembly, on 12 March 2010 (see Doc. 12140, report of the Committee
on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, rapporteur: Mr Wille;
and Doc. 12151,
opinion of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development, rapporteur:
The Parliamentary Assembly, referring
to its Resolution 1715
on the wage gap between women and men, commends
the Committee of Ministers’ efforts to ensure respect for the right
to equal pay for work of equal value, in particular via its inclusion
in the Council of Europe’s revised European Social Charter (ETS No. 163).
2. The Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers give
this subject the priority it deserves in the field of fighting discrimination
against women, and reinforce its efforts to guarantee that the right
to equal pay for work of equal value is respected in all member
states so that the gender wage gap may be eliminated.
3. The Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers also
give priority to the stronger inclusion of women in the workforce
and strengthen its efforts to secure a high degree of female participation
in the workforce of all member states.
4. The Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers instruct
its competent committee to initiate a thorough study on the relationship
between workforce participation of women and the statistically measured wage
gap, and to send the results of this study to the Assembly.
5. The Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers instruct
its competent committee to initiate a comparative survey of the
causes and effects of pay differences in part-time and full-time
work and to send the results of this survey to the Assembly.