SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
«While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.»
Swiss target 5.5: Gender equality is guaranteed at work and at home. Furthermore, women participate comprehensively and effectively at all decision levels of economic, political and public life.
Significance of the indicator
The indicator provides information on the percentage of women and men working in management or as a director in total employees. To make a step towards sustainable development, inequalities between men and women with regard to their professional status must be reduced.
This indicator cannot be compared at international level.
Comments: the % difference is the difference between men and women.
This indicator shows the percentage of employees working in management or as a director in total employees by sex. Self-employed people, family members working in family business and apprentices are not included. Data come from the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS) conducted by the Federal Statistical Office.
The SLFS has been conducted since 1991, supplying data on the population labour force structure and on people’s behaviour with regard to their professional activity.
The survey questionnaire was modified in 1996. The question “Do you work in management or does your job involve similar responsibilities?”, which until 1995 only employees in management were asked , has been posed to all employees since 1996. For this reason, results before and after 1996 cannot be directly compared with one another.
Since 2010, the SLFS has been a continuous survey (4 quarterly surveys) and the question on professional status has been reworded. Management now covers only people working as a director or on the board of management and not people whose job involves similar responsibilities. Although it was introduced at the start of 2010, this rewording only applies to the whole sample from 1st quarter 2011. Due to changes in the questionnaire, the comparability of data over time is not guaranteed. For this reason, the indicator only shows data from 2011 onwards.
Swiss target 5.5: Gender equality is guaranteed at work and at home. Besides, women participate comprehensively and effectively at all decision levels of economic, political and public life.
International target 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
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