- In the EU, only 68% of women aged between 20 and 64 are in work – 10 percentage points less than the proportion for men.
- The European Commission estimates it costs the EU €370bn a year.
- Germany would gain 9% of GDP if as many women were employed as men, while Italy’s economy could expand by as much as 14%.
- 18% of women of working age who are not looking for jobs say the reason is that they are looking after children. The proportion for men was only 2%.
- Governments must address the unequal sharing of care responsibilities, unequal pay for work of equal value, gender-based violence and harassment and outdated social and cultural norms.
Fix Europe’s ‘women problem’ to ease the jobs crisis
Boosting women's employment in the EU could help businesses and governments alike ease the problems of a tight labour market. The European Commission estimates it costs the EU €370bn a year.