The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has adopted an order drafted by the Ministry of Social Policy on the accession of the Government of Ukraine to the Equal Pay International Coalition, launched at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on September 18, 2017, in New York (USA).
After receiving a response from the Secretariat of the Equal Pay International Coalition, the Government of Ukraine will become a member of this coalition together with the Confederation of Employers of Ukraine, the Joint Representative Body of All-Ukrainian associations of trade unions at the national level, and the Kyiv Institute of Gender Studies.
Currently, according to the assessment provided in the analytical review of the International Labor Organization "Ukraine. Compliance of national legislation, policies and practices with the criteria of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)", held in May 2019, the Government of Ukraine meets seven of the eleven determined criteria for joining the Coalition.
Accedence to the Coalition is an important step in fulfilling Ukraine’s commitment to reduce the gender pay gap as part of its participation in the Biarritz Partnership international initiative, which Ukraine joined in August 2020.
The positive experience of the countries that have joined the Coalition is important for Ukraine in view of its chosen course towards European integration and the need to consolidate the efforts of executive bodies, trade unions, employers' associations, civil society organizations and academiс community aimed at closing the pay gap between women and men.
At the beginning of 2020, the average monthly salary of men in Ukraine was 22% higher than the average monthly salary of women.
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).