A German carpenter who earns €1,200 less than her male colleague despite being more qualified is preparing to bring her fight for equal pay all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.
Women's salaries are slowly catching up with those for men in Germany but there is still a long way to go for equality. Germany's gender pay gap is larger than the EU average.
Despite the legal foundation for gender equality, outdated gender roles still dominate daily life in Germany, writes DW's Bettina Burkart. If, as some say, equality exists, it's time for a round of pay cuts - and raises.
Women's advocates welcome the penalties as a strong symbol, but the Polish MEP who uttered the offensive statements says the fine was worth the publicity.
From protests to musical performances, strikes to sporting events - activities celebrating International Women's Day are taking place across the globe. DW reports on the latest events.
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