Webinar - Achieving Equal Pay: Lessons from the ILO 2018-2019 Global Wage Report and Global Stakeholders



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The WE EMPOWER Team will host a webinar to discuss the key findings of the ILO 2018/19 Global Wage Report on the gender wage gap.

The discussants will highlight good practices and policies towards eliminating the gender wage gap, drawing on research and policy lessons from the Global Wage Report, selected examples from the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) pledges submitted by companies, with particular focus on experiences from G7 and European Union countries. In addition, the viewers will find more about the EPIC, including how the coalition plans to support stakeholders in their commitment to achieving equal pay.

The ILO’s flagship 2018/19 Global Wage Report analyses the gender pay gap focusing on three main tasks: (1) how to find the most useful means for measurement, (2) how to break down the gender pay gap in ways that best inform policy-makers and social partners of the factors that underlie it, and (3) how to use the empirical evidence to substantiate a battery of policies as way forward to achieve SDG Target 8.5.

The webinar is an opportunity for participants to gain a toolkit of practical measures to close the gender wage gap underpinned by the ILO’s research and highlighted examples of good practices.  


- Rosalia Vasquez-Alvarez, Econometrician, Wage specialist; co-author of the Global Wage Report 2018/19

- Lisa Wong, Senior Administrator/Coordinator (a.i.), Governance and Tripartism Department, ILO

Akustina Morni, Policy Adviser, International Organization of Employers 

- Chris Martin, Senior Manager, Compliance and Analytics, IDEA Pay Equity, Starbucks

- Sari Brody, Global Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, IKEA




Rosalia Vazquez-Alvarez is an econometrician and wage specialist working at the INWORK branch of the ILO in Geneva since 2012. Prior to that she worked as economic adviser for the government of Dubai and as a quantitative labour economists for the World Bank in GCC region, as well as spending several years as assistant professor at the University of St Gallen (Switzerland) where she lectured in econometrics and labour economics. She specialized in econometrics with a PhD at the Tilburg University (The Netherlands) with a thesis on ‘Nonparametric bounds in the presence of survey nonresponse’. Prior to that she studied mathematical economics at the London School of Economics  (University of London) and has a masters in applied econometrics from University Colleague London (University of London).

Lisa Wong is the principal coordinator for the International Labour Office’s (ILO) 2017 Report on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and principal author of the 2011 Global Report on Non-discrimination in employment and occupation: Equality at work: The continuing challenge. A senior specialist in the ILO’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch at its headquarters in Geneva, Lisa conceived the vision for the ILO/UN-Women and /OECD led Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC), which was launched in New York at the UN General Assembly on 18 September 2017. Lisa is also responsible for the overall planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of the Branch’s non-discrimination portfolio. Her work in this area is primarily linked to provision of technical advisory services to the ILO’s constituents, and the development and management of technical cooperation projects in countries covering all grounds of discrimination including on equal pay for work of equal value, sexual harassment, and sexual orientation in countries such as Jordan, Togo, and Vietnam to name a few. In addition to her vast practical experience on project management Lisa is responsible for conceiving and/or developing practical tools for use at the workplace, such as the ILO’s Step by Step Guide on Promoting Ethnic Diversity at the Workplace which was published in 2015, and the Practical Guide on Promoting Diversity and Inclusion through Workplace Adjustments which was launched in December 2016. An ILO career official, Lisa has worked on different assignments in both headquarters and the field, in particular in the Latin American and Caribbean Region where she was stationed for 12 yearsLisa is a native English speaker, and is fluent in both Spanish and French.

Akustina Morni is the Policy Adviser for the Asia region at the International Organization of Employers (IOE). She joined the IOE last May 2018 which hosts the secretariat of the Employers‘ Group to the International Labour Organization. Akustina has over ten years of experience in international diplomacy, attained from her tenure as a diplomat in charge of labour and human rights issues at the Permanent Mission of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations in Geneva, research officer at the Brunei Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and as a junior technical officer at the ILO.Prior to joining the IOE, she was the programme focal point at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.She has a Masters Degree in Public Policy (Brunei) and a Business Degree with a double major in management and marketing (Australia).

Chris Martin manages global pay equity programs for Starbucks. Chris believes that ensuring pay equity is a moral and business imperative, and that employers need to get it right – from measurement to messaging – to attract, retain and motivate talent. Prior to joining Starbucks, Chris was the director of research at PayScale. His compensation related research has appeared in numerous leading publications, including Harvard Business Review, Politico and the Washington Post. Chris is trained as an economist, and is a former NSF Fellow with degrees from University of Washington and Utah State University.

Sari Einy Brody is the Global Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Ingka Group. She has been working in the Diversity & Inclusion space of for over 20 years, sharing her passion for fairness and equality and her conviction that inclusion is everyone’s responsibility. Prior to joining the global IKEA organisation in 2012, she was the talent manager in IKEA US, leading the areas of Recruitment, Competence development, Leadership development, Succession and Diversity & Inclusion. In her current role, Sari provides strategic direction and a systematic approach to Equality, diversity & inclusion at Ingka Group, integrating the topic into the overall business growth strategy. Together with her team and a network of over 70 ambassadors from across the IKEA world, she leads the diversity & inclusion efforts, with the aim of creating a positive impact on people’s life at work and in society. Sari has an advanced degree in Organizational Psychology and is a certified coach with the International Coach Federation.  Israeli born, she currently resides in Madrid, Spain, while managing a virtual multinational team.   






The webinar is organized by WE EMPOWER Programme Team.

Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women at Work through Responsible Business Conduct in G7 Countries (WE EMPOWER Programme) is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Over the next two years, the WE EMPOWER Programme will convene stakeholders dialogues in the EU, Canada, Japan and the US to exchange knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learned in the context of the changing world of work. The EU is also funding a sister programme in six Latin American and Caribbean countries: Win-Win, Gender equality means business together with UN Women and ILO and is considering a possible future EU action with strategic partner countries in Asia. The Asia project is currently being conceptualized in cooperation with UN Women.

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