International Equal Pay Day - Equal Pay International Coalition
To mark the first International Equal Pay Day, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) has organized a virtual event to exchange ideas and evidence on how to effectively combat gender discrimination and commit to further action to achieve equal pay for work of equal value.
Despite decades of gains in women's educational attainment, employment participation, legislation, policy action and activism, women around the world continue to be paid less than men (background note). Globally, the gap in earnings between women and men stands at 20 percent. What's more, COVID-19 has widened gender inequalities at work and at home.
Policy maker's, employers, unions, and other stakeholders must work together to reduce gender inequalities. EPIC's virtual event on this first International Equal Pay Day therefore reflects the diversity of stakeholders.
- Thorsteinn Viglundsson, former minister of Social Affairs and Equality, Iceland, who was instrumental in getting the country's equal pay standard approved;
- Megan Rapinoe, Captain of US National Women's Soccer team;
- Samira Ahmed, BBC journalist;
- Kristin Skogen Lund, CEO Schibsted ASA Norway;
- Nadia Subat,Executive Bureau Member from CDT Morocco;
- Iris Bohnet, Harvard Kennedy School Professor and Academic Dean;
- Sylvie Durrer, Director of Switzerland's Federal Office for Gender Equality and Chair of EPIC's Steering Committee
REMARKS BY THE EPIC SECRETARIAT:
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director- UN Women;
- Guy Ryder, Director General ILO;
- Angel Gurría, Secretary General-OECD
CALL TO ACTION:
- Sylvie Durrer, Swiss representative and Chair of EPIC
- Nozipho Tshabalala, journalist
Engage in the discussion using hashtags #EqualPayDay, and follow at @epic2030 and on LinkedIn.