In the year 2020, the International Equal Pay Day will be going to observe first-time ever on September 18. This day represents the importance of paying equally for work of equal value. Equal Pay is one of the basic human rights as per the commitment of the United Nations (UN). By celebrating this occasion people also express thoughts and take actions against any kind of discrimination whether it is based on gender, religion, race, or color.
Everyone around the world is aware of how much women are paid far less than men for the same amount of work. According to a report, women are paid as much as 23% less than men. National Unemployment Day
History of International Equal Pay Day
Last year, on November 19, 2019, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly signed a resolution (A/C37/74/L.49) and announced that September 18 will be observed as the International Equal Pay Day.
The member of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) “Iceland” introduced the resolution to the third committee at the 74th session with the supports of the other member countries. The countries that are co-sponsoring the resolution include Australia, Canada, Germany, Panama, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, and other 105 countries.
On the occasion of Proclamation of International Equal Pay Day, the Foreign Minister of Iceland Gudlaugur Thor said, “International days like these have proven their worth and served to highlight important issues amongst the general public and governments around the world, and we hope this International Equal Payday will also be successful in this regard.”
International Equal Pay Day 2020 Event
On the occasion of International Equal Pay Day September 18, 2020, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) is going to held a virtual global call of action related to the discrimination in the society. The conference is going to held online amid the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. Earlier, every country observed this day on a different date.