The different earnings of women and men are a significant indicator of gender inequality in the labour market. The size of the gender pay gap in the Czech Republic has long put it in the worst-rated positions in the European Union. So far, however, this has not drawn the attention and interest of the Czech public. We have decided to raise domestic awareness of this issue, stimulate public discussion, and look for ways to prevent the gender pay gap in our country.
In January 2016, we organised an international conference in Brno, attended by 87 people and which generated the publication of Czech-English conference proceedings. We have prepared a position document on the topic of the gender pay gap that summarises our data analyses and outputs of round tables with social partners. In total, over the course of the 14 month project, our awareness- raising activities were attended by 261 people from the general public, 354 secondary school students, and 128 representatives of these social partners.
In June 2016 a press conference on the gender pay gap took place in Prague, attracting significant media interest. We intend to continue work on this issue.