The Gender Equality Act enables women and men to defend themselves against direct and indirect discrimination in the workplace. This is very important because equal opportunities at work play a central role in achieving gender equality in other areas of life. However, legal provisions are not enough.
Specific measures on the part of both employers and employees are required, as the following examples show:
- There is still a very stark division between male and female professions. Salaries are lower in typically female professions compared to male professions.
- Six out of ten women in employment, or 57% work part-time. Among men this figure is one in eight, or 12%.
- Women are poorly represented at management level. Only three per cent of managers and four per cent of directors of Swiss listed companies are women.