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.
In 2011, the European Commission initiated the first European Equal Pay Day. The European EPD marked the continuous decrease of the pay gap in the European Union. In 2012, the European Equal Pay Day was on 2nd March, and in 2013, the day was held on 28th February 2013.
In 2015, the European Commission held the European Equal Pay Day for the first time in autumn, at 2nd November 2015. Find a statement by Commissioner Jourova here http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/gender-equality/news/151030_en.htm and an animated info graphic on the Gender Pay Gap in the EU and its major causes on the following website http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/gender-equality/infographs/equal-pay-day-2015/equal-pay-day/index_en.html.
The European Commission recognizes the activities of BPW federations and clubs and publishes related information on their website [http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/gender-pay-gap/national-action/raise-awareness/index_en.htm].
Find more information on Equal Pay and the Equal Pay Day in theEqual Pay Wiki: http://www.equalpay.wiki/Hauptseite
All articles in English can be seen here http://www.equalpay.wiki/Kategorie:Articles_in_English.
You can read the EC Pay Transparency Consultation 2020 here BPW-Europe-Position-EC-Pay-Transparency-Consultation-2020-05
and here the contribution.