PARIS - On average across OECD countries, women earn 11.6% less than men. The gender pay gap has decreased over the last two decades but is still present. Following International Women’s Day on 8 March, learn more about recent OECD work on gender equality.

Despite progress in recent years, women and girls still face disadvantages and barriers in most spheres of social and economic life. OECD countries must do more – explore our latest publication.

This new publication analyses developments and policies for gender equality, such as gender mainstreaming and budgeting, reforms to increase fathers’ involvement in parental leave and childcare, pay transparency initiatives to tackle gender pay gaps, and systems to address gender-based violence. It extends the perspective on gender equality to include foreign direct investment, nuclear energy and transport.

Advancing gender equality is not just a moral imperative; in times of rapidly ageing populations, low fertility and multiple crises, it will strengthen future gender-equal economic growth and social cohesion.

Gender equality and economic growth

Despite women's rising labour market participation, persistent gender gaps in OECD labour markets limit their full economic potential. This paper examines how the decline of gender gaps has contributed to past economic growth and projects the potential for future growth that closing these gaps could have.

Promoting gender balance in the workforce

Advancing gender equality in the workforce requires a combination of interventions targeting employers, families and the society more broadly. This webinar focused on key types of measures that are vital to support a more gender-equal labour market, encompassing parental leave, childcare, flexible work, pay transparency as well as non-discrimination legislation.