The government reported that this gap narrowed slightly compared to the $76.3 they received in the pre-pandemic period.
Within the framework of the activities for the International Women’s DayOn March 8, the government stated that “some gender gaps were reduced in this period.” The director of the National Institute for Women (Inwomen), Monica Botteropointed out that currently women earn 78.4 pesos for every 100 pesos earned by men. However, he stressed that the pre-pandemic figure was 76.3 pesos, something that “marks a trend” on the way to narrowing the differences.
The event was attended by the President Luis Lacalle Pouamong other prominent personalities of the Executive power and national politics. Bottero remarked that there are currently more than 743,000 employed women, 50.1% according to the latest data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), and highlighted the 1.7% drop in unemployment among women compared to the data recorded in 2019.
In addition, Bottero reported that the labor informality of women in 2022 was less than in 2019, since it was located in a 19.4% compared to 23.4% in the pre-pandemic, meaning an increase of 4% in formally employed women who obtained access to social security. Here there is also a gap, since between paid and unpaid work, women work 54.2 hours per week, 4.3 hours more than men.
“There is a cultural change”, according to Bottero
Regarding this, the director affirmed that “the women recovered two hours of paid work and the hours of unpaid work decreased”, thanks to the fact that in these times “there is a cultural change and a greater awareness of what is called gender co-responsibility”.
Along these lines, the Minister of Work and Social Security (MTSS), Paul Mierescommented that “Uruguay is more advanced than many countries and the data demonstrates it”, and valued the actions taken by the government within the framework of the sanitary restrictions due to the pandemic.