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study: women and the Roma face discrimination in the Czech job market

This week, it was reported in the Czech press that, according to Social Watch, an international human rights watchdog, Czech women and the largest racial minority, the Roma, are discriminated against in the job market.

Czech women’s salaries are, on the average, 25% lower than men’s. Furthermore, Social Watch has found this:

"Women are also overrepresented in the secondary market, where labour positions are characterized by lower prestige, worse working conditions and higher insecurity."

To find out more, please go to my blog: Czechs in America.


Carole's picture

Women fighters

Hi teachergirl,
Its good to hear what you have to say. I was very surprised by the situation in Czech when a lady we are hosting who comes from Czech mentioned the challenges women undergo in Czech. She is in Kenya doing voluntary work for a month and some travels before she returns to Scotland. She said the situation is getting worse with membership into European Union.Prices of basic commodities have really shot up and women are still being paid very little.

I thought this was a third world problem but it is more scary when you realise what women are also undergoing in the developed world. Lets hope the women of Czech will come out strong and fight for their rights.


teachergirl's picture


Thank you for your comment, Carole. It's true. Most people think of gender inequality in pay, status, and power sharing as a third-world phenomenon, but in nearly every country in the world women are paid less & hold fewer positions of power than men.

I hope Czech women make more strides, perhaps helped by a push from women across Europe. The EU may actually be a good thing in this respect, not a hindrance. I also hope, some Czech men step up to the plate & fight for equality as women's allies.

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