The Gender Pay Gap: Addressing gendered income inequality. Applying the principle of equal pay for work of equal value in times of crisis and rising poverty

21 Mar 2024 - 21 Mar 2024
10:00 am - 11:15 am (America/New_York)

Globally, labour force participation rate for women is at 50 per cent compared to 80 per cent for men.  In addition to that, women experience significantly lower social protection coverage than men, a discrepancy that largely reflects and reproduces their lower labour force participation rates and higher levels of temporary and precarious work and informal employment. All these factors contribute to lower income, savings and pensions of women and gendered poverty in old age.

During the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women EPIC will host a side-event at the UN General Assembly building in New York titled ‘The Gender Pay Gap: Addressing gendered income inequality Applying the principle of equal pay for work of equal value in times of crisis and rising poverty’. 

This in-person event will bring together UN entities, experts, activists, policymakers, workers and employers’ organizations to discuss how to close the Gender Pay Gap in challenging times.  

The side event will be an opportunity to:

-Explore the potential impact of closing the gender pay gap on addressing women’s poverty.

-Share best practices and strategies to close the gender pay gap including in times of multiple overlapping crises.

-Strengthen global, regional and national commitments to pay equity as one of the strategies to reduce poverty, as well as strengthening EPIC membership.


-The side event will take place on 21st March from 10:00 am to 11:15 am (EST) in the Conference Room 6 of the General Assembly Building in New York

-You can follow online on the UN Web TV website at: (no prior registration required)

-If you are in New York, please join us in person! register HERE to access the UN building (further details in the registration form).It will be in English language only.