On December 9, 2020, Ukraine became the second country to receive full tripartite membership in the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC).
Joining the Coalition is an important step in fulfilling the commitment within the Biarritz Partnership International Initiative to reduce the gender pay gap.
"Ensuring fair pay for all citizens was an unconditional priority of the Government. Therefore, I am grateful that in July of this year, the Cabinet of Ministers supported my initiative to launch the process of Ukraine's accession to the Equal Pay International Coalition. I believe that this opens up new opportunities in the development of a modern competitive economy and will have a positive impact on the well-being of Ukrainian families," said Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna.
For Ukraine, the positive experience of the countries that have joined EPIC is important, given the chosen course of European integration. This will allow us to more effectively consolidate the efforts of our executive bodies, trade unions, employers, civil society organizations and academia to address the pay gap between women and men.
"Today we can say with confidence that Ukraine's accession to the International Coalition (EPIC) once again confirms the urgency of ensuring international human rights standards. And most importantly, in overcoming the gap in wages of equal value, which in early 2020 was 22% not in favor of women," said Olha Stefanishyna.
It should be noted that in the beginning of 2020 in Ukraine the average monthly salary of men exceeded the average monthly salary of women by 22%. Compared to 2019, this figure improved by 0.4 points (in 2018 - 22.3 percent). Despite the overall positive dynamics in some areas of economic activity (for example, in financial and insurance activities), the pay gap between women and men is up to 35 percent. The level of wages of women and men is almost the same in those areas where wages are low (administrative and support services, libraries, education).
The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) is an international initiative launched to reduce the gender pay gap and adhere to the principle of equal pay for equal work in all countries and industries. EPIC was established at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on September 18, 2017, in New York (USA).
The Coalition brings together central executive bodies (ministries responsible for the formulation and implementation of labor and employment policy, ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men, central executive bodies in the field of statistics), employers' associations and trade unions, relevant UN agencies, public associations and scientific institutions.