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Coming Together to Close the Gender Pay Gap

March 9th 2011

EHRC workshop identifies ways for NEBs to work together to close the Gender Pay Gap

A workshop on the Gender Pay Gap, organised and hosted by theUK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)in collaboration with Equinet on the 3-4 March, provided a space for National Equality Bodies to identify key opportunities to work together in order to reduce the Gender Pay Gap, which currently sits at an average of 17.1% across Europe.

The two day workshop, which was chaired on the first day by EHRC Commissioner Kay Carberry and on day two by Equinet Director Anne Gaspard, was attended by representatives from a cross section of National Equality Bodies, theEuropean Commission and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).

Alongside several presentations focusing on country specific actions to reduce the gender pay gap, participants deliberated on the challenges they currently face, how to share their knowledge and experience, how EU actors can provide assistance and ways of tackling the root causes of the gap.

It was agreed that although Member States are at different stages in terms of gender equality, and that there are in fact 27 separate pay gaps to be tackled in Europe ranging from 3.2% to 25.9% across MS in 2009, there are a number of ways in which NEBs can work together to achieve the common goal of reducing the gender pay gap.

A report will be produced by the EHRC over the coming months bringing together the key discussions and conclusions of the workshop as well as the next steps for NEBs to take in order to concert their efforts to reduce the gender pay gap.

Click here to read the workshop programme