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Equal Pay Day: Cheaper travel for Berlin women

Berlin's public transport authority BVG is offering women a 21% discount on fares in the capital to mark Germany's Equal Pay Day.

BVG says the aim is to draw attention to the average 21% pay gap between men and women in Germany - one of the biggest gender pay gaps in the EU.

According to , the gap is greatest in Estonia (25.6%) and smallest in Romania (just over 5%). The UK gap is about 21%.

The gap is 16% on average in the EU.

The European Commission highlights three broad disadvantages that women face:

Explaining the women's "Frauenticket" scheme, only valid for Monday, BVG said the 21% gap was equivalent to 77 days of unpaid work for women. And 18 March - Equal Pay Day - is day 77 since the start of the year.

A normal €7 (£6; $8) BVG day ticket has been reduced to €5.50 for women.

BVG says it provides equal pay for women and men in all its job categories and is seeking to make women 27% of its workforce, from the current 20%.

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Germany's Federal Employment Agency (BA) gives examples of the gender pay gap in several professions: