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Boosting women’s professional careers

The government has decided to increase efforts to promote women's professional careers as part of equal opportunity legislation.

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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