European Commission affirms its goal to reduce gender wage inequality
On this years’ International Women’s Day on March 8, the European Commission (EC) emphasized its goal to tackle the gender pay gap as one of the priority areas in their engagement for promoting gender equality. In this context, the EC recently published a report on equality between women and men which also includes a strong focus on gender pay equality. The study gives an overview about the current situation in the EU and sheds light on activities of the EC and its member states. For example, it refers to a toolkit in Cyprus to overcome gender stereotyping in schools and a Girls Day MINI, which took place in Austria for the first time in 2015. The latter gives girls aged between four and six years the opportunity to learn about technical and scientific phenomena at the start of their education.
Furthermore, some analysis tools are highlighted. One is the equal pace webtool which is available in five languages (English, Finnish, French, Polish and Dutch) and can be accessed via http://www.equal-pace.eu. Further practical examples are two online tools for the analysis of the gender pay gap in companies that were launched in Portugal in 2015. These allow companies to quantify the pay gap between female and male employees, and to rise awareness of the underlying causes to enable companies to reduce gender pay inequality.
Please find more information in the Report on equality between women and men 2015, including a broad data appendix.