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Sonya Lennon Launches #WorkEqual Day of Action to Highlight Gender Pay Gap

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Dress for Success Dublin are calling on people all around Ireland to take action on November 13th for their third annual #WorkEqual Day.
Dress for Success Dublin, the charity that supports women to enter the workforce and establish sustainable careers, has announced details of its #WorkEqual campaign, which kicks off this week and runs throughout the month of November.

 

The campaign highlights the gender pay gap – the disparity in the average hourly earnings of men and women – through public events, political engagements and awareness-raising activities.

As part of the 2018 campaign, Dress for Success is designating Tuesday, 13th November, as a #WorkEqual day of action to highlight Ireland’s gender pay gap.

The organisation is also launching its new ‘Pay Disclosure Pioneers’ initiative, which will see a group of leading businesses committing to early pay disclosure and advancement towards workplace equality before legal requirement under Ireland’s new gender pay gap laws.

 

Women in Ireland effectively stop earning, relative to men, in mid-November each year.

 

Announcing details of the campaign, Sonya Lennon – designer, businesswoman and founder of Dress for Success Dublin – said: “Ireland’s gender pay gap is 14%. This means women in Ireland effectively stop earning, relative to men, in mid-November each year.

“This year, we’re designating 13th November as the day on which the gender pay gap kicks into effect. In essence, women then work for free for the rest of the year. So we’re calling on people across the country to take action on the 13th to help us raise awareness of the gender pay gap. You can show your support through an online post using our #WorkEqual hashtag or by coming along to one of the events we’re organising.

“We’re also encouraging workplaces to have conversations about pay as part of our day of action.  If we don’t face up to the fact that a pay gap exists, we can’t address it. So talk to others about what they earn and how they negotiate their salaries. Think about what your own place of work is doing to promote equality.”

 

To truly tackle the gender pay gap we need to look at childcare supports, equal parental leave, salary negotiation skills, and the barriers to women’s progression at all levels of their career.

 

Pay Disclosure Pioneers

“With our new Pay Disclosure Pioneers initiative, Dress for Success Dublin is working with a cohort of companies that want to drive towards gender equality by publishing pay data before mandatory implementation commences in 18 months,” continued Sonya Lennon.

“To truly tackle the gender pay gap, we need to look at cultural conditioning and stereotypes, childcare supports, equal parental leave, salary negotiation skills, and the barriers to women’s progression at all levels of their career.”

“The Irish Government has committed to introducing legislation to oblige companies to disclose their gender pay gap, which is a welcome move and something that has worked well in the UK. This November, for the third year in a row, we’ll be engaging with our corporate supporters, members of the public and politicians at national, European and local authority levels to raise awareness of the pay gap and the measures we can take to achieve true workplace equality.”

 

The organisation will be inviting TDs and Senators to publicly demonstrate their support for ending the gender pay gap.

 

Programme of Events

On 13th November, for its ‘day of action’, Dress for Success Dublin will:

  • Have a presence in Leinster House throughout the afternoon, where the organisation will be inviting TDs and Senators to publicly demonstrate their support for ending the gender pay gap.
  • Stage a ‘Banter’ panel discussion at the Liquor Rooms in Dublin city centre at 6.30pm.  Hosted by Jim Carroll, this event will see Sonya Lennon, Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, journalist Mark Paul and activist Deborah Somorin putting forth their proposals on how best to end the gender pay gap.
  • Run an online awareness campaign throughout the day, encouraging members of the public nationwide to show their support for ending the gender pay gap.

Further information is available at: dressforsuccessdublin.org/workequal/.

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