Can you believe Chwarae Teg is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year?! If celebrating is the right choice of word I guess.
For 25 years, Chwarae Teg has tirelessly fought to close the Gender Pay Gap in Wales and has made significant in-roads. The median Gender Pay Gap for full-time workers in Wales currently stands at 7.46%* and with targeted action and awareness raising, hopefully one day the gap will be closed and we will be able to focus our attention elsewhere.
One of the ways Chwarae Teg has remained ahead of the game since its creation is from its transnational work. We know that collaborating with other countries is good for business and that sharing what we do outside of Wales is a great way to extend our reach. We raise awareness of it, we promote it and we have developed a toolkit and training to encourage others to see the benefits of looking beyond their national boundaries.
Today on Europe Day 2017, it is a good time for us to reflect on how the work of Chwarae Teg has been made possible in the challenging economic climate, thanking those who have helped and continue to help us along the way.
We would like to thank the Welsh Government for its ongoing financial support and commitment to gender equality in the workplace and keeping it top of the agenda.
We would like to thank our many donors, sponsors and supporters for their money and raising our profile, they ensure we have the means to do what we need to do.
Finally, we would like to thank the EU for its investment in Wales. Without the significant amount of European Social Fund financing we have received over the years, we would not have been able to deliver our services. European funding in Wales has enabled Chwarae Teg to develop programmes to encourage: more women managers, more women in senior positions, more women in public life and more agile and inclusive workplaces.
Amy Kordiak, European Lead – Amy.Kordiak@chwaraeteg.com
* The figures are derived from the 2016 “Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) – workplace analysis” and retrieved from NOMIS (Official Labour Market Statistics)