Os­car win­ner fights for equal pay

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW YORK: Os­car win­ner Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette on Mon­day helped to launch a cam­paign at the United Na­tions to ad­dress the gen­der pay gap as Ice­land said it would be­come the first coun­try in the world to en­force wage eq­uity. said at an event held dur­ing the an­nual UN women’s con­fer­ence, the Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women.

On a global av­er­age, women only make 77 cents for ev­ery dol­lar men earn.

A re­cent study by the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion warned that with­out stronger mea­sures, it would take 70 years to close the gen­der wage gap.

Ar­quette, who won an Os­car for her role in ap­plauded Ice­land for its ground­break­ing move to end pay in­equal­ity, say­ing it “will be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see what hap­pens in that coun­try”.

Ice­land’s Par­lia­ment will soon adopt leg­is­la­tion re­quir­ing em­ploy­ers to show that they are of­fer­ing equal pay.

Ice­land’s So­cial Af­fairs and Equal­ity Min­is­ter Thorsteinn Vinglunds­son said the mea­sures could erad­i­cate pay in­equal­ity by 2022 in his coun­try.

“I don’t think any em­ployee needs to work for a com­pany that dis­crim­i­nates. I don’t think any man­ager in a com­pany wants to dis­crim­i­nate,” he said.

Olympic gold medal­ist and soc­cer star Abby Wam­bach said women faced pay in­equal­ity in ev­ery field, but that this dis­crim­i­na­tion was bla­tant in sports.

“Look­ing across the aisle, to my coun­ter­parts — Kobe Bryant, Pey­ton Man­ning — they are hav­ing a much dif­fer­ent con­ver­sa­tion with them­selves in their re­tire­ment than I.

“I have to worry about pay­ing my bills and enough has to be enough,” said Wam­bach.

The two-week con­fer­ence is fo­cus­ing on women’s eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment in the work­place.

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