South Korean sexism

This video says about itself:

20 March 2013

We talk about sexism in Korea. Well, we just talk about our experiences of sexism in Korea. This isn’t a commentary about Korea as a whole, backed up by any polls or stats or facts or anything. We’ve lived here for five years: what’s it been like for us? Have we experienced sexism in any way?

From Arirang News / Oct. 28, 2013:

Korea Fares Poorly in Gender Equality

Korea‘s gender equality ranking has slipped even further since last year, putting it on par with conservative Islamic countries like the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar.

The World Economic Forum‘s latest gender gap report surveyed 136 countries in four categories — health, education, economic participation and political empowerment — with categories like access to economic opportunities, life expectancy, and the number of female cabinet members.

Korea ranked 111th.

In terms of women’s economic participation, Korea ranked a miserable 118th, down yet two notches from a year earlier. Its ranks in women’s education, health and political activity were an unimpressive 100th, 75th and 86th.

Iceland was the most equal country for the fifth year running, followed by Finland and Norway. At the bottom were Chad, Pakistan and Yemen.

Among major economies, Germany ranked 14th, Britain 18th and the U.S. 23rd.

Maybe South Korean plans to sell to the Bahraini absolute monarchy more teargas canisters than that autocracy has subjects have something to do with having discrimination of women in common.

From Chosun Ilbo daily in South Korea:

Korea’s Gender Equality Record Is a Disgrace

Korea ranked 111th out of 136 countries in this year’s World Economic Forum rankings for gender equality, down another three notches from an already dismal 108th last year.

That puts it on a par with hardline Islamic countries like the United Arab Emirates (109th), Bahrain (112th) and Qatar (115th), and many fathoms lower than the Philippines (fifth) and Lesotho (16th), whose economies are far smaller.

Korea ranked 120th in terms of the income gap between men and women in similar areas of work, 108th when it comes to the average wage earned by women, 105th in terms of women attaining managerial positions, 90th in terms of the number of women in technical or professional jobs, 87th when it comes to the number of women in work and 79th in the number of high-ranking female public servants.

This is a disgraceful record for a country that is part of the G20 world economies.

In reality, the economic participation rate of women in Korea stood at only 49.7 percent as of 2012 compared to 73.3 percent for men. The average wage of female staff in companies with five or more workers was W1.96 million, only 68 percent of what their male counterparts make (US$1=W1,061).

Among 570 high-level government positions, including ministers, vice ministers and directors, only 30 are filled by women. And women account for a paltry 0.6 percent of executives in state-run companies. In the nation’s top 100 private companies, the rate is less than two percent.

In advanced countries, more women are part of the workforce because they are hired based on their skills without bias against their gender. Korea’s economic growth depends on how many more women are allowed to enter the workforce. Closing the gender gap and boosting female participation in politics, are not just a matter of protecting women’s rights but an indispensable task for further national growth.

Consecutive administrations have vowed to boost the role of women in society and have poured in trillions of won into it, but instead of getting better things have gotten worse, with Korea slipping inexorably in the rankings from 92nd in 2006 to 107th in 2011.

This means that existing policies are useless. The time has come to come up with truly substantial measures promoting greater female participation in the workforce backed by society-wide support.

After weeks of threats, the South Korean government has filed a motion to ban the third largest party in the National Assembly, the United Progressive Party (UPP). The move represents a far-reaching attack on basic democratic rights and is entirely based on bogus charges that the UPP was involved in an armed plot against the government on behalf of North Korea: here.

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