ILO launches campaign to mark Pay Equity Day in Jordan

The social media campaign serves as an extension of the national effort carried out by the Decent Work for Women Programme in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Jordanian Committee for Pay Equity.

Press release | 21 September 2023
Amman, Jordan – To celebrate International Equal Pay Day marked annually on 18 September, the Decent Work for Women Programme in Jordan has launched an awareness campaign across social media platforms. The campaign's objective is to advocate for the concept of equal pay for equal value, and highlighting its importance at the national level.

The campaign includes raising awareness about the causes of the wage gap, which not only involve disparities in wages but also encompass limitations in flexible work arrangements, unequal family responsibilities between women and men, limited social protection, the absence of affordable childcare facilities and women working in lower-paying positions.

The Director of the Decent Work Programme for Women at the International Labour Organization, Reem Aslan, pointed out that many countries including Jordan have committed to closing the gender pay gap by ratifying ILO Convention 100 concerning Equal Remuneration, as well as ILO Convention 111 concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation.

Jordan is taking action to close the pay gap. This is evidenced by its selection as the first Arab country to join the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) in 2017, followed by Egypt and Tunisia two years later. This selection followed the launch in Jordan of the Alliance for the Arab region at the end of 2019. Jordan was chosen as the location for this launch because it was at the forefront in this field. The Jordanian Committee for Pay Equity was established in 2011, co-chaired by the Ministry of Labour and the Jordan National Committee for Women with membership representing employers, workers, and civil society organizations concerned with this issue.

The social media campaign serves as an extension of the national effort carried out by the Decent Work for Women Programme in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Jordanian Committee for Pay Equity. The primary objective of the campaign is to embrace pay transparency tools such as "LOGIB" which aims to assist the private sector in self-regulating wage practices and aligning them with labour laws and international labour standards. Additionally, the tool seeks to support oversight mechanisms led by relevant government entities.