Democratic Party of Korea presidential hopeful Moon Jae-in is focusing his gender equality pledges on ensuring equal representation for women in the workforce.
That, says Moon, will increase women's labor participation which will be a booster for the overall economy.
He pointed out that women in Korea are paid 36-percent less on average than their male counterparts and that women account for just two.six percent of top-level executives at Korean corporations. THAT places Korea at the very bottom among all 35 OECD member nations.
"First, I will bring down the wall of gender discrimination in the workplace. I will bring more women into the workplace by increasing female youth employment. I will also lay out a five-year plan to narrow the wage gap between men and women down to the OECD average of 15.3%."
Gender equality is something addressed in other candidates' policy pledges as well.
People's Party candidate Ahn Cheol-soo has vowed to provide greater funding and resources to preventing violence against women.
He pledged to establish a violence prevention center and more strictly punish domestic and sexual violence offenders.
Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Joon-pyo has focused his pledges on Korea's low birth rate.
He wants to give a reward of around 10-thousand U.S. dollars in cash to families that have a second child and promised to pay tuition through college for the third.
Yoo Seong-min of the splinter Bareun Party pledged to expand maternity leave at private companies to three years from the current one.
Progressive candidate Sim Sang-jung of the Justice Party promised to set a female employment quota, with penalties for companies that fail to meet it.
"All candidates running for the top office agree that gender discrimination is a serious issue.
Although different in method and level of enforcement, the goal is one: creating a better workplace for female workers.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News."