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At the current rate of progress, it will take more than 200 years to achieve gender equality and female empowerment at work.Child labor is also common, and almost a third of the world's women believe that domestic violence is a justifiable punishment under certain circumstances, such as burning meals.What does it say about human values when it is considered more acceptable to beat a woman than to ruin dinner?To address this gap, in 2009 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development developed the Social Institutions and Gender Index with data for some 180 countries.Although the country ranks high on world gender-equality indexes, SIGI shows that it could enter the top 10 with a relatively simple change: legally mandating equal pay for equal work.So how can governments use SIGI to change laws and advance gender equality?In Liberia, a law passed in 2015 entitles women to receive equal pay for equal work.
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