Minimum living wages and equal pay for work of equal value everywhere are a stepping stone to gender equality and social progress

Millions of workers across the world are not earning enough to live in dignity. Statutory minimum living wages, with collective bargaining, are essential to fight poverty and inequalities. At the same time, women earn on average 20 per cent less than men worldwide. Ending the gender pay gap requires effective laws on equal pay, pay transparency and anti-discrimination, measures on gender segregation in the labour market and policies that uphold work life balance and care services. This is essential for women’s full and equal participation in work and life.

Wages and equal pay for work of equal value are at the basis of social progress.
A global pay rise and tackling gender pay gap are essential for gender and societal equality.