Events | Fair Pay Political Roundtable with Birte Meier [CANCELLED]

New York | March 11, 2020 | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

"Following the UN Secretary-General’s recommendation to Member States to amend the format of the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in light of the current concerns regarding coronavirus disease [...] no general debate will take place and all side events planned by Member States and the UN system in conjunction with CSW64 will be cancelled." Read the full statement.

The Fair Pay Political Roundtable will address how to deal with legislations enshrining fair pay principles as individuals. Equal pay for equal work and work of equal value has been high on the international agenda, as the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on equal pay and the engagement of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) demonstrates. There are a variety of countries who are rapidly progressing in fair pay legislations. But how can individuals use these laws to ensure fair pay for themselves, in their organizations or private environment.

In the Fair Pay Political Roundtable, experts from policy-making, NGOs, and academia will exchange on legislative approaches across the world and evaluate these approaches in how far they are practically supporting citizens in overcoming the wage gap.

The gender pay gap with its underlying causes is a global phenomenon: no country can report a wage gap of zero. There is strong support for equal pay, as an issue of fairness, and the readiness to act is immense. Irrespective of this consensus, however, women continue to be paid less for the same work or work of equal value.

© Sebastian Pfütze

Birte Meier, born in 1971, studied at the FU Berlin, the University of Chicago and the University of the Arts Berlin and holds a master's degree in North American Studies, Modern History and Journalism. Since 2007, she has been a Frontal21 editor, producing investigative stories on politics and business - primarily on digitalization, globalization and the transformation of the market economy and democracy.


Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations
871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA

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Registration starts at 3pm, please plan your time accordingly

Side event during the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women


Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



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