International Equal Pay Day is observed on 18 September

The day aims to highlight the importance of achieving equal pay for work of equal value.
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Updated: Sep 18, 2020 08:27:47 pm

International Equal Pay Day is observed on 18 September

18 September 2020 Current Affairs:International Equal Pay Day is observed on 18 September every year. The day aims to highlight the importance of achieving equal pay for work of equal value. International Equal Pay Day is observed for the first time in 2020 under an initiative by the United Nations. The day focuses to show the importance of ending sexual discrimination in relation to gender pay gap which refers to the difference in earnings between men and women in paid employment.    

On this occassion amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) hosted a virtual global Call to Action. It aimed to encourage all the labour market actors to take the necessary steps to ensure that equal pay is at the heart of recovery efforts worldwide.

Background:
International Equal Pay Day was initiated by the United Nations. The day was established with an aim to ensure that no one is left behind. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addresses the need to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Also, it promotes decent work and economic growth by seeking full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men. On of the crucial implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is Mainstreaming of a gender perspective. 
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