The ILO-Gallup world survey Towards a Better Future for Women and Work: Voices of Women and Men shows that across the world, 70 per cent of women want to be in paid jobs. Yet the labour force participation of women is less than 50 per cent. The ILO Gallup survey also shows that key obstacles for women at work are discrimination and unequal pay.
Since the International Labour Conference adopted the Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100) and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111), the ILO has been acquiring a wealth of experience through its working with governments and social partners towards the establishment of legal and policy frameworks to effectively address these challenges.
More recently, all the Member States of the United Nations have agreed on the urgency of addressing gender-based discrimination and pay inequalities in the world of work, as key to sustainable development. Led by ILO, UN Women and the OECD, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) is a multi-stakeholder coalition to contribute to the achievement of SDG target 8.5 focusing on equal pay for work of equal value.
"By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value”.