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International Women’s Day: Even though they are the majority, women face challenges in the labor market – Prime Time Zone

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In some areas, the female presence remains much lower than the male

Tony Winston / Brasília AgencyUnemployment, which affects millions of Brazilians, has been harder on them

Eight of March, International Women’s Day. A date marked by the celebration of achievements so far and a reminder of how much progress is still possible. According to the IBGE, women are the majority of the Brazilian population. Despite this, in the labor market, in some areas the female presence remains much lower than the male. Valéria is a co-pilot for an airline that has 1600 pilots – only 54 are women. She started out as a flight attendant and, 12 years later, decided she wanted more. She learned to fly, studied, prepared and the first flight under her responsibility was marked by emotion. “Then I cried from takeoff to landing. It was a surreal feeling, I realized that this was my place. ”

A recent survey conducted by a Brazilian job classifieds website found that women are more educated than men and can still earn half as much as they do in exactly the same role. For Marta, who is a professional driver, this reality was left behind when she started driving for apps. “In the app, what the man gets, the woman gets. So I think this is an advantage that women have in this work. And I think, more and more, women have to try to have her space and be respected. ” She says that she went through situations in which clients canceled races when she saw that she was a woman, but that she happily realizes that this happens less and less. Driving by profession was a way she found to put herself back in the job market.

Unemployment, which affects millions of Brazilians, has been tougher on them. Among the reasons listed by the study Gender Statistics, from IBGE: the fact of being a mother. Without having yet returned to a routine as it was before the pandemic, many women remain at home because they have no one to leave their children with. Roselaine even gave up her career to take care of her children, she felt that it was time to be a mother. A while later, it was time to go back and she fought for it to be in the profession she likes: vigilant. She works in the vault routine and, despite being armed, says that the function should not be related to brutality or weakness for being a woman – but with knowing how to perform well what is required. “We women are empowered today. Whoever came has to represent and rise on merit, which is the coolest. ”

* With information from reporter Carolina Abelin

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