שדולת הנשים - Equal Pay Project

Mind the Gap - Promoting a Feminist Workforce in Israel


Even today, the Israeli society remains a more traditionalist one that perpetuates gendered roles in the house. Family, care and domestic responsibilities are still not equally shared, making it difficult for both men and women to balance employment and private life. Men work longer hours (an average of 9 more paid hours per week) than women do and are prevented from sharing parental duties, while women often prefer shorter working hours and limited promotion opportunities. Women, more than men, are expected to reduce their working hours or exit the workforce to carry out parental duties. Israel is ranked as one of the four OECD countries with the highest gender related wage gap. The average monthly salary of women in Israel is 68% and average hourly wage is 85% compared to that of men. the IWN believes that only an equal and fair workforce for all workers will allow the gender wage gap to decrease and women to  advance in the workforce while men can have the opportunity to participate in the household and family life.  
 

The goal of this project is to create a long term vision for a fair and equal labor market in Israel, and define the policy steps required to achieve it. The project works to alter the social and legal sources of wage and status gaps between men and women in the labor market, focusing on five goals, as follows: shortening the total working hours in the labor market and creating gender-neutral arrangements for working parents; reducing gender segregation in the labor market and raising the wages and status of women-dominated professions; removing the unique obstacles facing minority women in Israel; achieving social recognition of the economic value of "Invisible Work" (household work and childcare, that are not paid done almost exclusively by women; and changing the present retirement arrangements in order to reduce high inequality rates among
Israel's elderly population. 
In the framework of the project the IWN 
promotes policy towards increasing transparency and feminist employment norms, alleviating discriminatory employment practices and implementing 
standards of gender equality in the Israeli labor market, advances family friendly employment standards, that take into account the needs of workers with families and allow them to reconcile  their private and workplace responsibilities at all stages of their lives and raises public awareness to the gender pay gap, working parents’ rights, and creating wide public support in the implementation of feminist employment standards for the benefit men and women in Israel.

 The project has produced a report cocerning Israel's early childhood education and care policy. To read more press here