Berlin, 6 March 2021 (dpa/MIA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday warned against allowing the coronavirus pandemic to be used as an excuse to reverse the progress made on gender roles that keep women held back.
The tasks of childcare and home-schooling amid the pandemic, in addition to work, have unequally fallen on women, said Merkel in her weekly podcast ahead of International Women’s Day on Monday.
To that end, she said, the federal government is working to make it easier to reconcile childcare and work, by expanding childcare facilities especially for pre-school-aged children.
“All of our efforts are about nothing more, but also nothing less, than equal opportunities for men and women,” said the chancellor.
She also pointed out that more than 75-per-cent of those employed in the health sector are women, but only 30 per cent are in leadership positions. “It’s unacceptable that women play a decisive role in supporting our society but at the same time do not participate equally in important decisions in politics, the economy and society.”
“The talents and perspectives of both sexes are of enormous importance, especially now during the global pandemic,” said Merkel.
“That is why we need parity in all areas of society! This also includes women finally being able to earn as much as men!” she added.