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Women and transgender individuals receive a discount in the Berlin public transport

travelling with the Berlin public transport can choose between a plethora of ticket types at different price ranges. There are including tickets for long and short trips, for trips with or without the bike, as well as for students, pensioners and wellfare recipients. In short, although female travelers to be offered a special kvinnobiljett which is 21 per cent cheaper than those sold at the normal price and – at least for a day.

”Frauenticket” launched with the slogan that ”it pays to be a woman” and is a contribution in the debate on the pay gap between men and women. On average women earn 21 percent less than men in Germany, according to the calculations, as the municipal kollektivtrafikbolaget BVG refers to.

”It's equivalent to 77 days of the year. That is to say, a woman has to work in 442 days to earn as much as a man draws out of the 365 days,” writes the company on its website and cites the German basic law, which stipulates that there should be equality between the sexes.

Kvinnobiljetten will be on sale on march 18, when the so-called Equal Pay Day draws attention in Germany. It is a symbolic day to pay attention to löneglappet between women and men in the world, and occur on different dates in different countries.

While transgender people who live as women can make use of the ticket, while the men who travel on kvinnotaxa will betrakats as avgiftssmitare and can expect retaliation. How to check which sex one belongs to go to, however, is unclear.

public transport companies has met both criticism and praise. While some believe that it is a forward-looking way to create attention for the unfair pay gap, considers the other to the company rather it should focus on its core task – to get subways, buses and trams to run on time.

Photo: Jens Kalaene/DPA

Some critics focused on the real pay gap between men and women is not so great as the figures claim. Adjusted for the industry and the number of hours worked is the difference between men's and women's pay in Germany in an average of six per cent, according to the German statistical office.

kvinnotaxan benefit of female high income earners at the expense of the men with low incomes, and believe that a kvinnobiljett discriminate against men as a group.

”It is not our intention that the men should feel discriminated against by this action. If so, we apologize,” writes the company on its website.

Read more: Berlin is a weekend of international women's day

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