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Migration and the gender pay gap - solutions are needed!

A single mother who fled Afghanistan five years ago with a medical college degree is not recognized for her degree and she works out of necessity as a cleaner in a car repair shop in order to make a minimal increase in the household budget. In the workshop she is regularly exposed to racist and sexist hostility. She does not dare to ask for support - for fear of losing her job and the associated social security benefits. A fictional case that depicts the realities in which there are many, especially single women * with migration and refugee backgrounds, and which has devastating economic and psychological consequences.

The wage gap between women of origin and migrant women is around 20 percent. Overall, in terms of gender equality on the labor market, Germany once again ranks at the bottom of the list this year in an international and EU country comparison. Current forecasts say that it will take at least 100 years before women and men get the same pay for the same work. Do we then have to assume that it will take 200 years for female migrants *?

As part of a digital round table, representatives from science, politics and practice will discuss the topic of migration and the gender pay gap - women * with refugee and migration histories in the corona pandemic '. The umbrella association of migrant women’s organizations, DaMigra eV, invites you to this on May 27.05.2021, XNUMX.

In the search for possible solutions, questions such as, "What effects does the corona pandemic have on work in the low-wage sector and on care work, which is mostly carried out by women * with a history of migration and refugees?" Are discussed.

One of the round table experts, Dr. Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck, Research Associate at the Goethe University Frankfurt a. M., researches, among other things, diversity and care work and states the following: "Systemically relevant, but undervalued: The corona pandemic increases the unequal treatment of care workers."

If care work is an issue, discrimination based on gender and / or origin must be mentioned in the same breath. The digital round table of the umbrella association of migrant women’s organizations offers a platform for this.

Kook-Nam Cho-Ruwwe, CEO at DaMigra, emphasizes: “Only if we work together and stay in dialogue can we ensure that it does not take 200 years or more before we live in a society with equal rights - regardless of origins or attributions . "


Download press release here.

Contact: presse@damigra.de

DaMigra eV represents the interests of migrant women * self-organizations and their concerns and advocates equal opportunities, equal participation and the equality of women * with a migration history and refugee experience in Germany. DaMigra follows the approach of anti-racist feminism.



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