COVID-19 and Gender Gap in Italy and Japan: Can “Pink Quotas” be the Solution?
Keywords:Gender Gap, Labour Law, Pink Quotas, COVID-19, Italy, Japan
Despite the significant improvements in terms of gender equality in recent years, numerous gaps – especially, the one related to the labour market – still persist all over the world also due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The present research intends to discuss whether the controversial gender quota systems – introduced in many countries as a form of positive action to foster a more diverse work environment – could face the crisis in order to avoid the loss of decades’ worth of achievements on equality. We chose to compare Italy – which implemented the quote rosa system in 2011 with mixed results – and Japan – which is reviewing its plan to promote women’s development after failing to achieve its objective of having at least 30% of women in leadership positions by 2020 – because both countries were still far from reaching their goals about gender equality and, therefore, in a vulnerable position when the pandemic hit.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2022 Francesca Marinelli, Michela Riminucci
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.