According to Fabiana Frayssinet’s report to IPS, Brazilian Women Are the World’s Happiest
The study by the social policies centre of the independent Getulio Vargas Foundation says that on a scale of one to 10, women in Brazil were the happiest women out of a list of 158 countries
Let’s take few facts in figures from this study released on 7 of March a day ahead of, international women’s day on 8 March:
- Brazilian women are 1st in terms of expectations of future life satisfaction, 2rd Denmark, while the least happy women in the world were in Zimbabwe.
- Argentina, 23rd; Costa Rica 24th; Honduras 51st; Uruguay 53rd; and Peru 75th.
- from January 2003 to January 2011, 40 million people were pulled out of poverty and joined the middle class.
- From January 2011 to January 2012, poverty declined by 7.9 % in Brazil
- The gap between average salary of man and woman had been reduced to 42% by 2009 from 62% in 1992.
From this perspective, the Washington post wrote: Brazil to fine companies for paying women less than men for same work addressing that the Brazilian Congress has passed a bill imposing fines on companies paying women lower wages than men for the same work.
Discriminating against women in Brazil is already illegal. Now it may be very costly as well.
The measure approved Tuesday, 6th of march and is expected to be signed into law by Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff.
Fines can be as much as five times the cumulative difference in the salaries during the entire time a woman is employed by a company.