Why are women joining the Equal Pay Day Conference in Prague?
5 years ago, when I was first invited to be a mentor for the EPD, my first answer was "But I'm not a feminist, are you sure you want me?" They seemed to be satisfied with the fact that I am a woman. Joining them at that event though made me aware not only about the pay gap between genders, but about the overall gender gap in terms of opportunities, access to higher positions, education, or influence. Once I became aware of it, I couldn't unsee and I had to do something about it. So for the last 5 years I am part of the Equal Pay Day movement in Prague.
So, why do I think you should come? Wheatear if you're Czech or foreigner?
To summarize, EPD is an international issue, a global issue, which needs a global, fundamental solution, which can come from a strong and diverse community willing to work together. The conference in Prague creates the ground for this to happen. I'll explain myself:
1. The way I see it, the equality of payment is not a Czech only issue, it is an international issue, for example, at the level of European Union, the pay gap is of 16.3%. At this point there isn't any country in the world with a perfect balance, however the Scandinavian countries made the most progress towards equality. So wherever you're from, this is your problem, because this is our problem and we should be at least aware we have it.
2. Why come to Prague? Prague is no longer only the capital of Czech Republic, but a regional and international center for large and small multinational companies and organizations. It's no wonder therefore that the Equal Pay Day movement created in Prague is a leader in the region, by both the scale and the level of expertise.
The conference in Prague is a unique place where we can all talk about solutions to the pay gap. We are made stronger by the size and diversity of the community created around the Equal Pay Day in Czech Republic.
3. The international women, either speakers, mentors or audience members, come to Prague because this is the place with the vision and courage to actually have an Equal Pay Day movement on a scale unmet by the countries around.
But EPD is also a great community of Czech and international women, a community that is talking together and sharing their experiences with each other, or the solutions they all found, which is not only making us richer by the experience, but it also sets the first steps in delivering long lasting solutions on a larger scale.
Diversity brings the best ideas and that's why people appreciate the international scope of the conference.