Women in Trinidad and Tobago are women who were born in, who live in, or are from Trinidad and Tobago.Depending from which island the women came, they may also be called Trinidadian women or Tobagonian women respectively.According to the National Council of State Administration Secretaries Research Corporation, there are six key factors that influence this wage gap: occupation, human capital, work experience, career interruption, motherhood and industry sector.Even with these in mind, Mahabir & Ramrattan assert that discrimination based on sex is apparent when critically examining similar scenarios affecting both men and women.According to the 2012 National Gender Policy, despite high levels of education and employment, women are still the primary care-givers in the society with the majority of the responsibility for raising children, performing housework, taking care of the sick, the aging and elderly, and the disabled, and managing many of community-based organizations.In 2016, Trinidad and Tobago ranked 91st in the world (out of 114 countries) in wage equality between men and women for similar work.
There is some level of equality at the professional level, however men have a greater presence at senior levels.
In particular, the Equal Opportunity Act (EOA) prohibits an employer or prospective employer from discriminating against an employee or a prospective employee because of their status (race, disability, ethnicity, marital status, religion, sex, or geographical origin).
However, currently, Trinidad and Tobago does not have any legislation pertaining to equal pay for work of equal value.
In particular, girls are more likely to take the examination and across the Caribbean, girls achieve higher CXC results in English, history and social studies Women generally enjoyed the same legal rights as men, including employment, education, and inheritance rights.
No laws or regulations require equal pay for equal work.
Trinidad and Tobago has ratified several conventions related to labour and workforce standards including the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions including the Tripartite Consultation (International Labour Standards) Convention, 1976 (No.