All Things Being Equal

On average, women are still paid less for doing the same work as men. And, that's the reason why the YWCA Equal Pay Awards were developed five years ago.

Words by YWCA Auckland

Women are paid less than men in every country in the world. The World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Report found that, at the present rate of progress, it would take 170 years to achieve global gender equality.

In 2017 New Zealand ranked ninth out of 144 countries in the report for its overall gender gap across education, health, economic opportunity and politics (The Global Gender Gap Index 2017).

New Zealand passed the Equal Pay Act in 1972 but, despite that, women have continued to be paid less than men in the 46 years since then. The pay gaps are much larger for Māori, Pasifika and immigrant women, and women with disabilities.

Whether you are on route or have achieved equal pay within your workplace, the Equal Pay Awards is an opportunity to be recognised as an employer of choice, inspire change and celebrate your success.

There are many great reasons to enter the 2018 YWCA Equal Pay Awards:

  • Be recognised as a thought leader and champion in gender pay equality which will also enhance your corporate reputation.
  • Become an employer of choice for top talent looking for forward-thinking organisations.
  • Celebrate your achievements and acknowledge the hard work of the people in your organisation who have driven the changes.
  • The entry process and feedback from judging can be used to help develop your internal process and systems.
  • You will join a network that has access to resources and mentoring sessions to learn from others journeys.
  • Develop benchmarks for industry standards to see how your own organisation compares.
  • Meet other progressive companies and be inspired by other equal pay champions.
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Whether you are a big business, small-medium business, not for profit, social enterprise or an individual making a difference - there is an award category for you! 

  1. Innovation.  This award celebrates innovative responses to addressing the equal pay gap. These organisations are not afraid to try new things and look outside the box.  An organisation may enter one or more initiatives however, additional entry fees apply.
  2. Leadership.  This award celebrates organisations who exemplify excellence. These organisations understand the benefits of gender equalityand lead the way for others to follow.  They are role models who are active in the community and media sharing their stories and inspiring others to follow. 
  3. Progressive.  This award recognises organisations who have demonstrated commitment to Equal Pay and continue to make sustained advances and improvements to address the issue.  They have created a working environment where individuals, regardless of gender, have equalopportunities. 
  4. On the Journey.  This Award recognises a milestone achievement by an organisation, which has just begun to embark on its equal pay journey. Organisations may enter one or more initiative that are no more than two years old and they can relate to any of the organisational Award categories.
  5. Community.  This Award recognises an organisation in the ‘profit for purpose’ or ‘not-for-profit’ sectors.  We recognise that these organisations have unique pay challenges compared to the private sector and by sharing achievements through this award category, we hope to inspire other organisations to come on the journey.  Organisations may enter one or more initiative and they can relate to any of the organisational Award categories.
  6. Champion.  An organisation or individual can nominate this award to go to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to Equal Pay and gender equality.  Someone who has inspired others, shared their story, stood up for what they believe and made a meaningful impact. An individual may also choose to enter on their own accord.

Deadline for entries is 5pm Friday, 7th September 2018.