Women’s accounts are in the red – In the European Union, the average Gender Pay Gap is 16 per cent (comparison between hourly salaries). Women above 65 are the most at risk of falling into poverty, as they earned less and also have lower pensions as a result.
The BPW federations and associate clubs of Europe have been running the Equal Pay Day campaign for the past ten years and will continue to do so in the coming years.
The first Equal Pay Day was organized by BPW Germany in 2008. In 30 cities in Germany, BPW Clubs organized events with panel discussions and stands on the street where they distributed the red bags for the first time.
Today, the topic equal pay has reached the mid of public debate. In 2017, the 10th anniversary will be celebrated.