EPIC and the importance of combatting gender wage disparitites highlighted at CSW side event
29 Jun 2022
On the occasion of the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, an online panel discussion on Equal Work, Equal Pay: Reducing the Gender Pay Gap was organized as a side event by the UN’s Civil Society Youth Team.
This panel discussion which was moderated by Cairo Eubanks, Youth Representative of the New Future Foundation International, brought to the forefront, the challenges and successes in advancing more equitable economic opportunities for women across the globe from different backgrounds. Panelists included Shannnon Williams, leader of the Equal Pay Today campaign; Ishaan Shah an 18-year-old international anti-human trafficking, gender equality and climate action young leader; Samira Khan, a senior operations manager at Microsoft; Lina Al Qaddoumi, Gender Equality Manager at the United Nations Global Compact; and Lisa Wong, Senior Speciaist on non-discrimination at the ILO. Panelists shared good practices that serve to combat wage disparities based on gender and race while highlighting the critical role of women in decision-making processes.
Additionally, the important role of EPIC as a the only multi-stakeholder coalitiion actively promoting the principle of equal pay for work of equal value, and working torwards reducing the gender pay gap, was highlighted by both the Global Compact, a key EPIC member and the ILO, a member of the EPIC Secretiarat. The event which was attended by participants from all over the world, played a strong role in highlighting frameworks for combating gender and race-based wage disparities and the importance of achieving equitable economic opportunities for women.