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One in Five Men Think Pay Gap with Women Is Fake News, According to Study

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One in five men think that reports pointing to a pay gap between men and women are "fake news", a global study showed, despite research showing that this disparity has worsened during the pandemic.

A quarter of men also believe the issue is an "example of political correctness gone too far", said the 28-country survey by Ipsos MORI and the Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL) at King's College London.

The study said nearly 8 in 10 people agree it's important to tackle wage differences between men and women. Nearly half thought the issue is not a priority during the COVID-19 crisis.

Women are currently paid 16% less than men, said UN Women.

The study, released on International Women's Day, comes two weeks after World Bank reported how the pandemic "jeopardized" gender equality all over the world.

ALSO READ: The Pandemic 'Jeopardized' Gender Equality in Philippines, Says World Bank

The Philippines is not part of the Ipsos study. World Bank's study, however, said the pandemic held back efforts at further closing the gap between men and women in the country.

Women are more vulnerable during the pandemic since many of them work as health frontliners. They are also burdened with child care and are susceptible to domestic violence.

This story originally appeared on Reportr.World. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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