Together with their colleagues at the University of Birmingham, the CoP members Fiona Carmichael and Scott Taylor are organising the the event: “International perspectives on progress towards and barriers to reaching workplace equality: A morning workshop organized by University of Birmingham with and for The Equality Trust”. Our CoP member Daniel Perez Del Prado, Professor of Workplace Rights and Social Security, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid will be one of the speakers at the event. Among other invited speakers is Ragna Kemp Haraldsdóttir, Assistant Professor in Information Science, University of Iceland, but University of Iceland is a member in the CoP.
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International perspectives on progress towards and barriers to reaching workplace equality: A morning workshop organized by University of Birmingham with and for The Equality Trust
Despite decades of state policy, legislation, case law, activism and research, women continue to be systematically paid less than men for equal and similar work. Equal pay reforms such as the UK's Equal Pay Act (1970) are rightly recorded as landmark moments in the struggle for equality. Gendered wage gaps and differentials have narrowed in many countries, but remain stubbornly resilient. This has become especially noticeable during the most recent wave of feminist activism and the Covid-19 pandemic.
We also continue to observe discriminatory professional and occupational stereotyping, leading directly to women receiving less economic reward during and after working life. This should be a concern for everyone, in its economic, social, and material effects.
This workshop asks why such discrimination continues to frame all of our working lives, and looks towards a renewal of policymaking, law, activism, and research to challenge it. We bring together an international group of speakers to share their expertise in gender equality activism and policy, speaking to research and practice, taking questions throughout the workshop. The workshop will be equally relevant to anyone working in this area as a policymaker, civil servant, activist, or academic.
The Equality Trust is a registered charity that works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality. Through the #EqualPay50 campaign, The Equality Trust is working to increase the pressure on employers to meet their legal obligations towards equal pay and to persuade the Government to take immediate action to finally end unlawful gender pay inequality.
Opening: Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equality Trust
• Chidi King, Director of Equality Department, International Trade Union Confederation
• Ragna Kemp Haraldsdóttir, Assistant Professor of Information Science, School of Social sciences, University of Iceland/Háskóli Íslands
• Daniel Perez Del Prado, Professor of Workplace Rights and Social Security, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
• Tracy Warren, Professor of Sociology, Nottingham University Business School
• Meghan Campbell, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham
• Geraldine Healy, Professor of Employment Relations, Queen Mary University of London
Closing: Catherine Cassell, Dean, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
The workshop is on Thursday 28th January, 9:30 to 12:00, via Zoom. Each speaker will make a short presentation, followed by questions and comments.