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A London based company has finally found a way to tackle the gender pay gap problem. This news comes as a ray of hope for women, struggling to get equal wages for equal work. Watch this video.
Brainlabs, a marketing agency based in London, has voted to eliminate the overall gender pay gap by increasing women’s pay by 8.6%. They are calling it as the Pay Gap Tax. All the female employees working in the company, regardless of performance or position will reap the benefits of this.
Sophie Newton, Director of Brainslab, took this apposite measure to solve the deeper issues that are at the heart of gender equality and diversity in the workplace. Since none of the male employees have protested against this measure, the director assumed that they would not find it unfair.
The gender pay problem finds its genesis in the sexist mindsets that employers carry. They often assume women to be less intellectual than men. Therefore, they doubt a woman’s expertise in performing a task and in return, pay her less. Some, on the other hand, assume women to be less productive during those few days of the month when she menstruates, or penalise women for taking a break for maternity or motherhood.
The reasons cited are strategic ways entrenched in patriarchy, to thwart women from getting their due. Brainlabs, on the other hand, deserves a lot of appreciation for pioneering the movement for helping women get their due.
Other established companies must take a leaf out of their book and devise innovative methods to stamp out the traces of gender inequality at work.
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If you want to get back to work after a break, here’s the ultimate guide to return to work programs in India from tech, finance or health sectors - for women just like you!
Last week, I was having a conversation with a friend related to personal financial planning and she shared how she had had fleeting thoughts about joining work but she was apprehensive to take the plunge. She was unaware of return to work programs available in India.
She had taken a 3-year long career break due to child care and the disconnect from the job arena that she spoke about is something several women in the same situation will relate to.
More often than not, women take a break from their careers to devote time to their kids because we still do not have a strong eco-system in place that can support new mothers, even though things are gradually changing on this front.
No law in the country recognises enabling the rapist to walk free after marrying the survivor. However, in reality, it is something that families and communities often push for.
In the same week where the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, 11 May, saw a split decision on the constitutionality of the marital rape exception, another equally reactionary decision was handed by a divisional bench of the Supreme Court when they set aside the conviction and sentence of a man who had repeatedly raped his 14 year old niece
The facts of the case are simple. The accused, K Dhandapani, enticed his 14 year old niece with the promise of marriage and raped her several times. The family came to know of the offence when the girl became pregnant, and a case was lodged against him under the Protection of Child from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. After trying his case, in 2018, the Sessions Court found him guilty on all three counts, and convicted him and sentenced him to 10 years rigorous imprisonment. The accused appealed to the Madras High Court which upheld the conviction and the sentence in 2019.
The girl gave birth in 2017, before the case came up in court. Despite the pending case against him, he continued to have sexual relations with the girl, and she gave birth to her second child at the age of 17.