70% of work discrimination complaints come from women

Summary

Today is International Women’s Day, and local statistics are emerging that show the difficult women have in the jobs market

No kids? No job

According to the federal Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, 69% of complaints regarding discrimination in the workplace in the capital come from women. The institute released the figures on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Although some of the complaints have to do with other aspects then gender, a large majority of them are directly related to gender. More than half, for instance, have to do with maternity leave, including not being hired because of a fear that maternity leave will soon follow.

In a confirmation of the institute’s findings, Belgian statistics bureau Statbel reported today that women with two children find it easier to land jobs in Belgium than women without children. Again, employers are weighing the chances of a women taking maternity leave in the hiring process.

According to Statbel, 79% of women in Belgium with two children have jobs. Although it would be assumed that more women without children would have jobs, the opposite was true: The figure drops to 77.5%.

“Employers hesitate to hire women who they think are going to get pregnant soon,” economics professor Stijn Baert of Ghent University told VRT. “Women with one or two children have a better chance.”