WorkEqual is a campaign to raise awareness of workplace gender inequalities and related issues – and develop solutions to address these.
The campaign was established in 2016, and centers around a month of activities and events each November, including Equal Pay Day, the date on which women in Ireland effectively stop earning, relative to men, because of the gender pay gap.
Since its establishment, WorkEqual has gradually built up cross-sectoral support amongst workplaces, politicians, policymakers and civil society in Ireland – and further afield. We are delighted to have Permanent TSB and SOLAS as headline sponsors of the WorkEqual campaign.
This year, due to Ireland’s current pay gap of 14.4%, Equal Pay Day falls on Monday, 9th November 2020.
Find out about the campaign in previous years here.
Speaking about the sponsorship of the campaign, Eamonn Crowley, CEO of Permanent TSB, said: “Permanent TSB is committed to creating a workplace that embeds gender equality at every level and we are delighted to demonstrate this commitment by supporting the WorkEqual campaign to promote gender equality in workplaces across Ireland.
“With the increased challenges from Covid-19, there has never been a more important time for businesses across Ireland to focus on addressing the barriers to women’s and men’s full and equal participation in the workplace, taking direct and proactive steps to make this a reality across society. This is the responsibility of every employer and we’re proud to contribute to this national effort, in partnership with the WorkEqual campaign”
Andrew Brownlee, CEO of SOLAS, commented on SOLAS’ sponsorship of the campaign, saying: “We know the Further Education and Training sector plays an important role in supporting women who want to reskill or upskill to further their careers or, indeed, women seeking to return to the workforce. Over 60% of learners in the sector are female. But, even after successfully joining or re-joining the workforce, many women face challenges when it comes to career progression and juggling the demands of work and home life.
“The FET sector is committed to developing the skills for a future workforce that is more gender-balanced. By partnering with the WorkEqual campaign, SOLAS is demonstrating our commitment to tackling gender inequalities over the coming years – in our own workplace, in the FET sector and in wider society.”
We would also like to acknowledge the support of Diageo for the WorkEqual campaign.