Filipino women continue to suffer discrimination in the workplace, getting lower pay than their male counterparts, according to Ibon Foundation.
The gap on the monthly income of male and female workers under the Aquino administration “has only created further job insecurity and poor quality work and intensified the exploitation that women workers in the country face today,” Ibon Foundation, said.
Citing government data, the group stressed that “the wage gap between men and women remained the same and even worsened under Aquino.”
It said that in 2010, women working in the agriculture sector had 13 percent less monthly income than their male counterparts. The wage gap decreased to 12 percent in 2014.
In the manufacturing sector, the wage gap between women and men went up from 7.3 percent in 2010 to 11 percent in 2014.
“The plight of Filipino women workers worsened under Aquino more than one hundred years after the first International Women’s Day was celebrated,” the group lamented.
Judy-Ann Miranda, secretary-general of Partido Manggagawa (PM), said women suffer the “worst kind of injustice.”
“The agonies of having to endure ages of physical and emotional violence and living under the pain of deprivation due to economic marginalization are problems unique to women and these problems should have long been addressed by the past and present administrations,” she said.