Women divided on income equality in the Mena region

More than four in 10 (43 per cent) of working women in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region believe they are paid less than their male colleagues.

That is according to new data from the Bayt.com survey, The Status of Working Women in Mena, released to coincide with International Women’s Day.

However, it appears that women in the region are divided on the issue of equal pay.


In the same poll, 39 per cent say they receive the same pay as their male counterparts. And 3 per cent state they earn more than men in a similar role.

On a positive note, the study also reveals that gender bias in the Mena workplace is improving, with half of respondents saying they are being treated equally at work.

And there is more good news – 67 per cent of working women believe workplace equality in the Mena region is on a par with western countries, while close to half of women say that gender has no role when it comes to receiving a promotion. So is it time for a pay rise ladies?

arayer@thenational.ae

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