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SINGAPORE - Four in 10 women have encountered gender discrimination in the workplace, while only one in 10 men has experienced the same, according to a recent survey of close to people here. Only 12 per cent of those who faced gender discrimination made reports about the incidents and all who did so are female. Just under half of those who made reports felt that there was satisfactory action taken by their workplaces thereafter.
The survey was conducted after the Government announced in September that it was embarking on a comprehensive review of issues affecting women, which would be the foundation of a White Paper to be tabled in Parliament later this year.
A majority of the respondents are aged between 41 and 60 Most of them are professionals or in a managerial role, while others are business owners, executives or in a technical role, among other jobs. About 40 per cent work in small and medium-sized enterprises, while about 35 per cent work in multinational corporations.
The rest work in other places such as the Government and non-profit organisations. Both men and women shared career aspirations of having higher financial and monetary reward The survey found that corporate culture favouring a particular gender and stereotypes that one gender is less competent are barriers in career advancement for more female respondents 45 per cent than male respondents about 30 per cent. Female respondents identified ificantly more with instances of gender discrimination, such as biases in interactions with customers, suppliers and in networks, gender being a consideration for promotions, and a pay gap for the same rank or job.
But six in 10 women agreed that their workplace provided sufficient support to achieve career goals. Three in four men agreed as well. The survey also found that one in two female respondents factored in the ability to accommodate family and caregiving demands when seeking employment, while only one in three male respondents did so. More women want to pursue a career that allows them to attain work-life balance More men aspired to assume leadership or management positions The survey also indicated that 37 per cent of respondents thought their workplaces regarded gender diversity as important, while 45 per cent were neutral and 18 per cent felt their workplaces treated it as not important.
To improve gender equality at work, the respondents identified raising awareness of gender discriminatory conduct and equalising remuneration packages as the top effective ways, according to the survey. Participants also felt that remuneration gap and promotion opportunities could be better addressed in local employment laws and guidelines. SCCCI noted that instances of gender discrimination continue to happen in the society and workplaces, and there needs to be an improved reporting system and processes to tackle the problem.
It suggested that more measures are needed to help women achieve career aspirations and advancement, including mentorship and flexible work arrangements. SCCCI president Roland Ng said: "While Singapore has advanced well to level the playing field for women, promoting gender equality remains an unfinished piece of work.
Ms Sun noted that the survey findings align with the feedback gathered from the various conversations as part of the review on women's issues here. ST's Telegram channel here and get the latest breaking news delivered to you. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused.
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4 in 10 women in S'pore face sex discrimination at work compared with 1 in 10 men: SCCCI survey