How Women’s Organizations Have Been Addressing the Gender Wage Gap in Indonesia
The women’s organisations of Indonesia have been at the forefront to fight for the gender equality in the country. Such is also true with regard to gender equality in the workplace. Therefore, these organisations have continued to fight for gender equality and equal employment opportunities for all women in the country.
It is only fair that men and women alike who work at the same company under the same conditions and functions are earn the same amount of money without any wage disparity. As such is not the case in Indonesia, women’s organisations must advocate for equality in wages received by women.
1. Equal chances of promotions
Equal chances of promotions ensure that the women have equal chances as those of men with regard to pay raises through promotions. When there are equal chances for women and men to occupy higher managerial positions, the wage parity of the company will increase. A company with similar numbers of women and men in higher-ranking positions will thus have a reduced wage gap.
2. Number of female employees in the company
There are companies which do not employ as many women as do others. Hence, the women’s organisations have advocated for the two-thirds gender rule. This rule states that no more than two-thirds of the employees in a given company should be men.
This will in turn cause more women to be hired to positions which allow them to be paid just as much as their male counterparts, reducing the gender wage gap in Indonesia. However, some employers harbour misogynistic sentiments.
3. Gender stereotypes
Also, there are some gender stereotypes where some companies incorrectly believe that women are not fit to work in certain jobs. This erroneous notion that there are certain industries and companies in which women should not work is frequently challenged by the women’s organisations of Indonesia. The lack of female employees in such companies exacerbates gender wage gap in Indonesia.
How the Government Addressed the Gender Wage Gap in Indonesia
The Indonesian government understands that there is a gender wage gap in Indonesia which needs to be addressed. They recognise that the contributions of women to the country’s economy serve as a significant boost to the country’s economy. Therefore, the government has attempted to reduce the wage gap in several different ways.
1. Setting up their own business
The government encourages women to engage in business activities which they are able to manage, or even start their own business in Indonesia. This raises the overall salary and thus increases the average wages received by women in Indonesia.
2. Providing equal opportunities
The government has also begun to offer equal opportunities to women in the civil service as well as equal pay for those working in the same industry with the same level and duties. The Indonesian government has thus been attempting to narrow the gender wage gap of the country.
3. Creating female-friendly laws
The government has created laws which enable women to work and comfortably take maternity leave when needed. It is necessary for women who work in Indonesia to work in favourable conditions. Doing so will improve their performance on the job and thus allow them to avoid suffering any premature termination of their work duties.
The Indonesian government advocates for female workers to ensure that gender equality is upheld in all of the country’s industries and companies. It has been working to keep pace with the rest of the world in the eradication of gender discrimination and to ensure that the rights of Indonesia’s female employees to equal pay is fulfilled, though such has to date proven to be contrary to the reality of the situation.
Gender discrimination and the wage gap are not only important issues in Indonesia. They are global problems which must be solved appropriately. Therefore, the Indonesian government must work together with companies and industries to find better ways to reduce the gender wage gap by creating laws that benefits Indonesia’s female employees. In this way, not only would gender equality in the workplace be promoted, but the country’s economy would also reap many benefits.