Commemorated for the first time in 2020, the International Equal Pay Day was celebrated on 18 September and continues to be recognised annually on this date. To mark the day this year, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) hosted a global webinar on September 17, 2021.
The EPIC is led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Women, and partners and is the only global multi-stakeholder partnership working to reduce the gender pay gap, The Coalition’s goal is to achieve equal pay for women and men everywhere. By bringing together a diverse set of actors with different areas of focus and expertise, EPIC supports governments, employers, workers, and their organizations to make concrete and coordinated progress towards this goal.
In his address, Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO, stated that although a number of countries have ratified the ILO’s Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (C 100) which addresses equal pay for work of equal value, the pay gap remains an issue. He indicated that there is a need to look at the hidden obstacles to equal pay that we do not always see, including segregated labour markets and the care economy.