Equal Pay Day was initiated by BPW Business & Professional Women!
Women's accounts are in the red - In the European Union, the average Gender Pay Gap is 17 % (comparison between hourly salaries).
Women above 65 are also the population most as risk of fall in poverty - as they earned less, they have also lower pensions.
The federations and associate clubs of Europe have been running this campaign for the past 5 years and will continue to do so in the coming years.
The first Equal Pay Day was organized by BPW Germany in 2008. In 30 cities in Germany BPW Clubs organized events with panel discussions and stands on the street where they distributed the red bags for the first time.
In 2009 BPW International organized a side-event at the CSW in New York and launched the International Equal Pay Day Awareness campaign. This was the start for the worldwide actions that followed in the next years. Countries like Austria, Belgium, France and Switzerland organized their local Equal Pay Day events in 2009. Since 2009 the number of countries that join the initiative has grown extensively.
The first Equal Pay Day was organized by BPW Moldova in 2013.