Activities

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BPW Activities & SDG 8

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Equal Pay Day 2018 in Europe

For many years, BPW Europe has been managing an important project about the equal pay for equal work, a pillar of the decent work topic, involving all Federations and Clubs.

The EPD Campaign, started in the year 2008, aims to reduce the gender pay gap and to attract the attention of the Institutions. Before no one spoke about this problem; now the movement of opinion is there and it is strong.

The gender pay gap was one of the points that Hillary Clinton put in her political campaign. President Barack Obama highlighted the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act that President John F. Kennedy signed in 1963.

Pope Francesco on this matter said: "Why is it assumed that women have to earn less than men? No! They have the same rights. Disparity is a pure scandal!”

Our campaign on Equal Pay day had and has the merit of increasing awareness on this issue and many countries are approving appropriate laws and we consider as our success that the law entered into force in Iceland and France, the first countries in the world to apply seriously the concept of equal pay for equal work.

We achieved another important result: now the equal salary for equal work is one of the seventeen sustainable development goals on the Agenda 2030.

 

By Pinella Bombaci
      European Regional Coordinator 2017-2020

Other BPW member Countries that advocate through “Equal Pay Day” in 2018
  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Bermuda
  6. Brazil
  7. Canada
  8. Chile
  9. China (Hong Kong)
  10. Croatia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Dominican Republic
  1. Estonia
  2. Finland
  3. France
  4. Germany
  5. Iceland
  6. Ireland
  7. Italy
  8. Japan
  9. Lebanon
  10. Luxembourg
  11. Malta
  12. Moldova
  13. New Zealand
  1. Norway
  2. Poland
  3. Portugal
  4. Russia
  5. Singapore
  6. South Korea
  7. Spain
  8. Sweden
  9. Switzerland
  10. Turkey
  11. United Kingdom
  12. USA

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As BPW International Triennium Theme 2017-2020 is “Empowering Women to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals”, it is important to make BPW contribution to SDGs clearly visible. To achieve this, BPW Affiliates are invited to register their projects with respect to SDGs at www.bpw-projects.org
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