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Commissioner Jourová on European Equal Pay Day

30-10-2015

Ahead of European Equal Pay Day on Monday 2 November, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, VÄ›ra Jourová highlighted the need to take urgent action to combat the perpetual gender pay gap. 

"Monday 2 November marks the day in the year when women across Europe stop earning for the rest of the year in comparison to men," she said. "The average hourly wage for women in Europe is 16% lower than it is for men. Women continue to work nearly two months for free every year, because of an average hourly wage for women 16% inferior to that of men. Equality between men and women is one of the fundamental values of the European Union, but this day reminds us that it is not one of its fundamental realities."

The new Work Programme for 2016 published on Tuesday will take measures to address this challenge by helping working parents with children and those caring for dependent relatives to balance care and career. The new start for working parents and care givers will tackle the lack of affordable childcare, rigid working arrangements or absence of incentives for men to take more care responsibilities in their families.

The results of a Commission consultation published today on equality between women and men confirm that Europeans see the gender pay gap as the most urgent inequality to deal with.

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