Equal Pay Days / Raising awareness RSS
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- Equal Pay Days / Raising Awareness
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In Austria, Equal Pay Day has been celebrated annually during the month of April since 2009. Activities have included encouraging women to ask questions about pay in their workplaces, as well as inviting companies to analyse their own pay structures to see if there is a pay gap between male and female employees. The Day is organised by Business and Professional Women (BPW) Austria.
Belgium was the first country in Europe to organise an Equal Pay Day in 2005. The campaign focused the attention of the public and of policymakers on the pay gap between women and men. Zij-kant the progressive women’s movement, in collaboration with the trade union FGTB, is the main organizer of the event which takes place every March. . Equal Pay Day has developed into a series of controversial campaigns which have included posters and video clips to draw attention to the issue of equal pay. In 2013, Equal Pay Day will celebrate its ninth edition.
In the Czech Republic, an Equal Pay Day has been organised by Business and Professional Women (BPW) since 2010. The 4th EPD in the Czech Republic took place on 24 April 2013 in the Clarion Congress Hotel. In the morning a conference entitled “Count on us” was attended by more than 100 experts from various fields. In the afternoon, a mentoring activity was held, where 31 entrepreneurs and managers passed on their experience to about 600 young women. During the whole day the traditional red bag with the logo of the event was handed out. Information can be find on facebook and youtube.
In Estonia, the National Equal Pay Day 2013 is celebrated on 11 April. The main promoter of activities is Business and Professional Women-Estonia. The traditional action focused on serving salmon meals with or without dill for different prices, demonstrating the gender pay gap in Estonia, will remain the same. In 2013, there will be a special focus on young people and employers, therefore, cafeterias of universities and enterprises have a bigger relevance this year. The BPW is also planning to continue collecting people`s opinions and experiences, with a specific focus on transparent and fair wage systems, which is the main message of the whole campaign in 2013.
Germany first celebrated Equal Pay Day in 2008, initiated by BPW Germany. It takes place annually during the month of March. In every year a key aspect of the gender pay gap is highlighted to engross the discussion. Furthermore information events take place in the fourth quarter of year to inform about the key topic and prepare activities for the Equal Pay Day.
On 6 March 2013 Portugal celebrated its first National Equal Pay Day. This day marks the extra number of days that women would have to work in a year to earn the same wage that men earned during the previous year. In order to raise awareness about the persistence of the gender pay gap, CITE launched a campaign to be released in public transport, and posters were distributed across the cities of Lisbon, Almada and Oporto. In addition, on 6 March CITE offered a symbolic gift with the aim to promote Equal Pay Day to CEO's of the largest Portuguese companies, as well as to employers' associations and social partners.
Equal Pay Day has been celebrated on 22 February each year since 2010. The Day is organised by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. Activities have included the production of lottery tickets with a special design which raise awareness of the Day and its aims. Activities have included the institutionalization of the Equal Pay Day by a Council of Ministers Resolution, the design of an institutional logo, the production of lottery tickets and stamps with a special design which raise awareness of the Day and its aims, and the celebration of conferences and seminars.
Sweden has celebrated Equal Pay Day during April since 2011. Recent activities have included a round table with female participants, comprising the CEO of a large company, a police officer and heads of a university and a regional council, to debate different aspects of equal pay. The main organiser is BPW Sweden.
For the International Women’s Day 2012, the Swedish Women’s Lobby initiated an extensive campaign to raise awareness on the current gender pay gap. The campaign involved a large number of workers unions, political parties and women's rights organizations. The message: "After 15:51 women work for free - every day. It is time for pay all day", circulated all over the Internet.
In Switzerland, companies can be awarded an equal pay label if they show that they have introduced a fair wage policy between women and men. To be awarded a label each company must undergo a salary evaluation to verify that its employees receive equal pay. This is followed by an on-site audit that focuses on the company's management and human resources systems. If both are successful, the company will receive its equal pay label and a logo which can be used, for example, on its website and in recruitment adverts. Launched in 2005, the equal-salary scheme is run in cooperation with the Geneva University Employment Observatory.
Equal Pay Day in the UK has been organised by the Fawcett Society since 2009. Unlike the other national equal pay days, the UK’s Day is celebrated in the autumn. The date, which varies depending on the country’s gender pay gap that year, marks the day from which women in full-time employment effectively work for free until the end of the year.