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Equal Pay Day 2012
    in Europe




                     Equal Pay Day 2012
Equal Pay Day

  Initiated by BPW
        in 2008




                     Equal Pay Day 2012
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
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
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
How to calculate the date
          (figures of Switzerland as example)

                Average            Additional
Pay 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Equal Pay Day in the press




    High media coverage in the local and
    national press in the countries.



                13              Equal Pay Day 2012
Equal Pay Day Webpages

A 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
Webpage examples




Estonia
                                     France




                        Austria


                                  Equal Pay Day 2012
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
What is the EU doing?




                 Equal Pay Day 2012
Delivering statistics:
  Gender Pay Gap in the countries




This is important for countries where no official statistics exist.

                                               Equal Pay Day 2012
What action has the EU taken?

Under EU law it is illegal to discriminate against women at work and in their
pay:
 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
EU gender pay gap campaign and
            material




Information and material from the EU can be downloaded on this webpage:
http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/gender-pay-gap/index_en.htm

                                                         Equal Pay Day 2012
The gender pay gap across the lifecycle

                                       Stereotypes shape
                                        women's and men's 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
http://ec.europa.eu/equalpay These Posters can be downloaded from EU webpage.

                                                           Equal Pay Day 2012
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
             Women's skills and
              competences are under-
              valued especially in those
              occupations where women
              predominate



                          Equal Pay Day 2012
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
The gender pay gap across the lifecycle


               The gender pay gap
                reduces lifetime
                earnings and
                women's pensions
               When women retire
                their lower pensions
                mean higher risk of
                poverty



                        Equal Pay Day 2012
First results and
 good practices




                Equal Pay Day 2012
Equal Pay Day in Europe
initiated by BPW (2008 – 2011)




                             Equal Pay Day
                             in 17 countries
                             up to now.
                             Number of
                             activities
                             increased every
                             year.




                     Equal Pay Day 2012
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
Equal Pay Day shows positive
                            developments after 3 years
Months 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
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
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
Contacts and further information
  concerning Equal Pay Day
           and BPW

           Sabine Schmelzer
      Regional Coordinator Europe
      coordinator@bpw-europe.org

         www.bpw-europe.org



                                    Equal Pay Day 2012

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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 Additional Pay 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 Webpages A 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 examples Estonia 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 countries This 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 their pay:  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 material Information and material from the EU can be downloaded on this webpage: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/gender-pay-gap/index_en.htm Equal Pay Day 2012
  • 21. The gender pay gap across the lifecycle  Stereotypes shape women's and men's 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 http://ec.europa.eu/equalpay 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  Women's 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 women's 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 Europe initiated 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 years Months 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 coordinator@bpw-europe.org www.bpw-europe.org Equal Pay Day 2012