"When men advocate for women, change comes ten times faster" says Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette to UN News as she joins the United Nations Equal Pay Platform of Champions. She continues by asking that we examine our own biases. Janitors are paid more than maids, jobs viewed to be for women pay less.
#Stoptherobbery is a campaign by UN Women that raises awareness of the gender pay gap. Globally, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for work of equal value, effectively being “robbed.” The campaign calls for equal pay and women’s economic empowerment as part of achieving full gender equality.
Over the two-day event, approximately 65 participants EPIC members, including representatives from governments, workers and employer organizations, civil society organizations, came together to understand the impact and challenges of implementing measures aimed at reducing the gender pay gap. #epic2030
Discrimination at work is a violation of a basic human right. Discrimination occurs on many different grounds, with women being particularly discriminated against with respect to their pay. One of the most important ways to redress this situation and achieve gender equality is through pay equity. Explore this ILO InfoStory for a greater understanding of pay equity and how it can be achieved.
Realizing women’s economic empowerment requires transformative change so that prosperity is equitably shared and no one is left behind. The international community has made this commitment in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Every woman should enjoy her right to decent work. As a global champion for women’s empowerment, UN Women asks: What do we need to get there?
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.