The government has decided to increase efforts to promote women's professional careers as part of equal opportunity legislation.This content was published on March 7, 2008 - 11:27
The interior ministry said companies would be encouraged to fight discrimination of women at the workplace and put salaries on a par with men's.
The government has earmarked SFr1 million ($0.98 million) annually for a series of trials to be launched at the beginning of next year.
Until now, only non-profit organisations and institutions were eligible for financial incentives from the federal authorities.
The law on equal opportunities came into force ten years ago, but a recent study by the Federal Statistics Office said that women are still underrepresented in managerial positions and many of them earn lower salaries than men in the same jobs.
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