As we celebrate this day of love, it's also a good time to think about some not-so-romantic issues, such as the gender wage gap. Did you know that in South Africa, women still earn less than men, even in cases where they're doing the same job? In Durban, the difference in pay between men and women remains a persistent issue, with significant disparities seen across different suburbs and industry sectors.
According to recent data, the average woman in Durban earns 82 cents for every 1 rand earned by a man. This disparity is seen in certain suburbs, such as Prospecton Industrial where women earn a median income of R23 348 compared to R30 472 for men. In Umkomaas and Umzinto the gap is even wider, with women earning R8 550 compared to R18 538 for men. While this trend is seen in the majority of the City, there are a few areas where the median incomes of women are higher than those of their male counterparts. This is seen in Umlazi B, C, D where women earn a median income of R16 564 compared to R12 898 for men.
This Valentine's Day, let's turn the tables and make a statement about equal pay for equal work. Instead of the traditional gender roles when it comes to paying for dinner, there is another reason for men to be spoiling their loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Let’s make a statement about the gender wage gap by taking care of the bill this Valentine’s Day!
These disparities are not only unfair, but they also have a significant impact on the financial stability and overall well-being of women and their families in Durban.
As we celebrate love and equality this Valentine's Day, let us also commit to closing the gender wage gap in our city. We can do this by raising awareness, supporting businesses that are committed to equal pay, and encouraging our elected officials to take action on this issue. Together, we can create a more equitable and prosperous future for all residents of Durban. By 2030 eThekwini Municipality will enjoy the reputation of being Africa’s most caring and liveable City, where all citizens live in harmony.
Who says chivalry is dead anyway? Happy Valentine's Day!
To know about incomes in your community (or those of your loved significant other!), visit the Gender Wage Gap Dashboard on this portal or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request data.