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Equal Pay Day Europe 2012


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The International Federation of Business and Professional Women is an influential international network of business and professional women from over 90 countries in 5 continents with Consultative Status at ECOSOC/United Nations. Founded in 1930, BPW International develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through our mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. Visit our websites at: and

Equal Pay Day Europe 2012

  1. Equal Pay Day 2012 in Europe Equal Pay Day 2012
  2. Equal Pay Day Initiated by BPW in 2008 Equal Pay Day 2012
  3. Why does equal pay matter? Closing the gender pay gap has benefits for employers and workers  Creates quality jobs  Attracts the best and most talented workers  Creates a positive working environment  Increases productivity and competitiveness Closing the gender pay gap makes the economy as a whole more profitable  Women play a vital role in Europe’s employment and growth  Their skills and talents are necessary for economic and social development Closing the gender pay gap can help to create a more equal society  Valuing women’s skills can improve their economic independence  Fewer women will be in poverty, particularly upon retirement Equal Pay Day 2012
  4. The History of Equal Pay Day► Initiated by BPW/USA in 1988 as the “Red Purse Campaign“► 2008 - Brought to Europe by BPW Germany with the first Equal Pay Day► Equal Pay Day expanded throughout Europe in 2009/2010► 2010 - International Awareness campaign by BPW International launched in New York at CSW► 2010 - EU organizes Equal Pay Day on 15 April (fixed date)► 2011- EU follows the calculation formular and organizes the first European Equal Pay Day on 5th March 2011 (average pay gap over Europe 17.5 %) Equal Pay Day 2012
  5. What is Equal Pay Day?► Equal Pay Day symbolizes the day until which women have to work longer to earn the same salary as men earned the year before.► Equal Pay Day is a calculated day depending on the pay gap of each country.► The goal is that Equal Pay day will be earlier each year according to the development of the pay gap in the country.► At Equal Pay day there are activities and events in each country to raise awareness for this still existing pay gap. Equal Pay Day 2012
  6. How to calculate the date (figures of Switzerland as example) Average AdditionalPay gap Working Working (e.g. days days (49) =19,3 %) per year* 11th March (225) * Depending on number of holidays in the country Equal Pay Day 2012
  7. The Goals of Equal Pay Day► Raising awareness and mobilization► To force governments and companies to change their gender policy► Making the “unknown and illegal“ pay gap a topic in the media and in the companies► Through media coverage the pay gap becomes a subject of public discussion► The goal is: Equal Pay Day will be earlier each year as the pay gap decreases or even disappears. Equal Pay Day 2012
  8. The symbol of Equal Pay Day: A Red bag On Equal Pay Day women and supporting men wear a red bag Red stands for red numbers. The red bag stands for red numbers in women‘s pockets. France Spain Germany Italy Equal Pay Day 2012
  9. The Logo► Red numbers on our paychecks► Less income below the line► Red numbers in women´s pockets► Designed by Natalie Schommler from Germany, available free of charge for non-commercial use Equal Pay Day 2012
  10. Events & Activities by BPW in Europe► Info stands and events in pedestrian zones or shopping centers► During lunch break women, equipped with a red bag, meet in a restaurant or go to the cantine Italy► During the “unhappy hour” cafes, bars, restaurants and retailers offer a rebate of xx % for women equivalent to the pay gap in the country Italy Spain Austria Equal Pay Day 2012
  11. Events & Activities by BPW in Europe► Shops decorate their windows with red bags► Workshops for salary negotiations► Equal Pay Day on TV in the news► Serving dishes on the street Switzerland Estonia France Equal Pay Day 2012
  12. Events & Activities in Europe (2)► Letter to 1500 CEOs to inform them about equal pay tools for their companies like equalsalary► Panel discussions with high level speakers► Award for best Equal Pay Posters at schools► Promote and watch the film «We want Sex (Equality)» Poland together at a local cinema Switzerland Equal Pay Day 2012
  13. Equal Pay Day in the press High media coverage in the local and national press in the countries. 13 Equal Pay Day 2012
  14. Equal Pay Day WebpagesA Web page is an important tool to provide detailed information for the general public, the media and our members► For women and men about the topic “Equal pay for equal Work!”► About the background Equal Pay Day Germany► About cause and effect of the pay gap► Overview of regional events► Contact persons► Q&A about salary negotiations► Articles and books about equal pay► Press articles and press reviews► Links to ministries, salary calculators, etc. Equal Pay Day 2012
  15. Webpage examplesEstonia France Austria Equal Pay Day 2012
  16. Tools for companies There are tools in some countries to analyse the salaries of women and men within companies (with more than 50 employees) For Example – Equal Salary (in Switzerland to be paid)  Companies receive certification and label – Logib (in Switzerland and Germany for free) Encourage companies to use these tools to reduce the pay gap internally and to become an attractive employer for women! 16 Equal Pay Day 2012
  17. What is the EU doing? Equal Pay Day 2012
  18. Delivering statistics: Gender Pay Gap in the countriesThis is important for countries where no official statistics exist. Equal Pay Day 2012
  19. What action has the EU taken?Under EU law it is illegal to discriminate against women at work and in theirpay: Equal pay for equal work is one of the European Union’s founding principles – Article 141 of the Treaty calls for equal pay for work of an equal value – The Directive 75/117 provides that the principle of equal pay means, for the same work or for work of equal value, the elimination of all discrimination on grounds of sex with regard to all aspects and conditions of remuneration. In particular, where a job classification system is used for determining pay, it must be based on the same criteria for both men and women and so drawn up as to exclude any discrimination on grounds of sex The 2002 Directive on equal treatment as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions also applies to pay and requires Member States to establish Equality Bodies to promote equal treatment These Directives have been incorporated into a single Directive 2006/54 (The Recast Directive) on equal opportunities and equal treatment in employment and occupation Equal Pay Day 2012
  20. EU gender pay gap campaign and materialInformation and material from the EU can be downloaded on this webpage: Equal Pay Day 2012
  21. The gender pay gap across the lifecycle  Stereotypes shape womens and mens roles in society, starting at a very early age  Whilst this may reflect personal preferences, traditions and stereotypes may influence, for example, the choice of educational paths and employment patterns These Posters can be downloaded from EU webpage. Equal Pay Day 2012
  22. The gender pay gap across the lifecycle  Women and men still tend to work in different jobs. Women often work in sectors where wages are, an average, lower than those dominated by men  The gender pay gap exists even though women represent as many as 59% of all university graduates  Womens skills and competences are under- valued especially in those occupations where women predominate Equal Pay Day 2012
  23. The gender pay gap across the lifecycle  Women’s opportunities for progression and higher pay in the workplace are affected by their family responsibilities  The gender pay gap widens when women have children, and particularly when they work part-time  The employment rate for women with dependent children is only 62.4% compared with 91.4% for men with children. More than three-quarters of part-time workers are women (76.5%) Equal Pay Day 2012
  24. The gender pay gap across the lifecycle  The gender pay gap reduces lifetime earnings and womens pensions  When women retire their lower pensions mean higher risk of poverty Equal Pay Day 2012
  25. First results and good practices Equal Pay Day 2012
  26. Equal Pay Day in Europeinitiated by BPW (2008 – 2011) Equal Pay Day in 17 countries up to now. Number of activities increased every year. Equal Pay Day 2012
  27. Equal Pay Day activities show results! Those countries who started early, now see the progress (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) Pay gap has been reduced in these countries after 3 - 4 years and Equal Pay Day is earlier now. Equal Pay is regularly in the media in the EPD countries and awareness has increased. Equal Pay Day 2012
  28. Equal Pay Day shows positive developments after 3 yearsMonths Jan - April Germany Switzerland Austria These 3 countries started very early with the calculated date of Equal Pay 2010 2011 2012 Day. Equal Pay Day 2012
  29. Good practices for Equal Pay Day The creativity for campaigns and activities in our federations is amazing. The more creative they are, the more interesting to the media. Campaigns with humor are very attractive for the media (France, Estonia). Financial support is sometimes granted by a ministry or the EU. Cooperation with other women organisations, trade- unions and trade associations (Germany) Promote Equal Pay together with the WEPs (principle no. 2) Equal Pay Day 2012
  30. Organize Equal Pay Day Events 2012 in your country!►For a “Equal Pay Day” all over Europe!!!►Promote to wear a red bag at your Equal Pay Day►Inform us about your planned activities and announce them on your website.►Send us pictures and text for the European website Together we can make the change! Equal Pay Day 2012
  31. Contacts and further information concerning Equal Pay Day and BPW Sabine Schmelzer Regional Coordinator Europe Equal Pay Day 2012