To mark this date many Belgian women will activate automatic mail replies today stating that they are not available until the end of the year.
Belgium performs worse than its European peers! The EU average for the pay gap is 16%. In Belgium the figure is a whopping 20%.
Experts say that Belgium performs well when it comes to equal pay per hour of work. The discrepancy appears when you look at monthly and annual wages. Women are often employed in the care sector where pay is lower. Many women also hit a glass ceiling preventing them from moving on to better-paid executive jobs.
The main reason why women are paid less than their male peers is the fact that more women work part-time. 44% of all women work part-time compared to only 11% of men. Women are more likely to take time off to care for children and elderly relatives too.