It’s interesting because how women and girls are treated is a big question right here in the USA, you know, with FOX News and the many situations that come up in the workplace between men and women, including inequality of pay.
I do not work in a workplace on a regular basis in Panama, and in real estate there is no inequality of pay between men and women; it’s a standard fee for working in real estate. In Panama, being a Latin American country, there certainly is an amount of inequality about men and women. Panama is basically a male dominated society. So you really do have to expect that in Panama it is not going to be better than in the States in terms of the workplace. It could be the equivalent or less. Women have to be prepared for that in the workplace in general.
There are ways to confront this that conform to the society in which you’re working. I would suggest that you handle it in a similar manner as you might in the States or any western country other than Latin American country where you would have to be very aware of the fact that basically men are in control in the workplace. In Latin American culture women are definitely considered for the most part in a lesser position than men and that harassment of a sexual nature is going to be as obvious there if not more so than in the States. An efficient way to handle it is to rely on your skills and maturity and expertise in dealing with men in the workplace.
On the other hand, on a personal level other than in the workplace, there is a great deal of cordiality and respect for women in general in Latin cultures. Out of the workplace you will experience no harassment, maybe even less so than in the USA. Because of that level of respect for women, for mothers, for grandmothers, for family situations and in general, you won’t find any harassment in the streets of Panama City. I never have.
When it comes to the level inequality in pay, which certainly applies to the entire world and the issues that are being fought in the USA now very prevalently will certainly resonate in many parts of the world, including in Panama, especially as it becomes an international city and an international workplace.
The interesting thing is that the US itself ranks quite low in terms of maternal healthcare and I believe that Panama ranks higher. Healthcare is excellent in Panama. It’s a small country servicing less people than the USA, of which 50% are women, and I have never experienced any problem. Panama probably offers greater healthcare for women in general than the USA. There is a great distinction between living in a very large First World country and living in a smaller Second World country such as Panama, which is reaching toward first level international status. This puts Panama in a very interesting place and the best place for foreigners, international workers, and women in particular.
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