CSW Side Event: “Thank you” doesn’t pay the bills: join EPIC and close the gender pay gap

10 Mar 2021

Side Event organized by the Government of Switzerland in collaboration with the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65)

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Health Organization (WHO), CSW65 will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings.

Switzerland is organizing an online side event together with the Equal Pay International Coalition. The event will provide an opportunity to amplify interest in innovative and practical solutions and in promising global initiatives to reduce the gender pay gap, also in times of crisis. Special guests will engage in an interactive discussion to advance equal pay for work of equal value globally and take tailored action at country level. Join us and make a difference – women deserve to be paid fairly for their work!

Date: 17 March 2021

Time: 14.00-15.15 (CEST)

Online: Register here

Panel with Ministers and High Level Representatives:

• Minister Alain Berset, Federal Department of Home Affairs, Switzerland

Sylvie Durrer, Director, Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality and EPIC Steering Committee Chair

Rakesh Patry, Director General, International and Intergovernmental Labour Affairs, Department of Employment and Social Development, Canada, and EPIC Steering Committee member (Moderator)

Mousa Maaytah, Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs and Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Women’s Empowerment, Jordan

Tamila Barkalaia, Deputy Minister of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Georgia

Muriel Pénicaud, Former Minister of Labour and Ambassador to the OECD, France

• Minister from Costa Rica (TBC)

Miriam Pinto Lomeña, International Social Affairs Officer, Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organizations

Shakeda Williams, Industrial Relations Officer, Barbados Workers’ Union

Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director – Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships, UN Women

Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD