On Thursday May 25, 2017, National YWCA of Korea with 33 regional member YWCAs organized “Equal Pay=Fair Pay!” a gender wage gap awareness campaign for the public. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness that 1) Korea has biggest gender wage gap among OECD nations and 2) to push the Congress officially enact the Equal Pay Day in order to reduce the gender pay gap.
“Equal Pay=Fair Pay!” has been organized by the YWCA Korea on the 4th week of May each year since 2014. About 500 YWCA Members and staffs, all around the region rallied by chanting, reaching out to the general public, distributing brochures, and collecting the signatures for the enactment of Equal Pay Day.
According the recent OECD Gender Wage Gap Statistics, Korea`s average wage gap between permanent full-time female and male workers marks 36.7 percent which is the largest among 34 member countries and still has not changed for the last 15 years. This outrageous figure of 36.7 percent is 2.4 times higher than the OECD average of 15.5 percent. Even though, the enactment of the Equal Pay Day has been first motioned by the congress in 2013, the bill still remains to be passed.
As the follow up of the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women topic ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work,’ YWCA Korea’s gender equality movement of “Equal Pay=Fair Pay!” campaign will be continued.