BR’s recent Working Romania HR Conference was opened by a powerful keynote speech by Ms. Irena Moozova, Director at the European Commission for Equality and Union Citizenship, focused on making gender equality a reality in the world of work.
Irena Moozova started her speech by stating how crucial it is for employers to act and make gender equality a reality.
“It is at company level, where the EU Gender Equality Laws are ultimately applied. This is why your understanding and support for gender equality and diversity measures are absolutely essential to change the matters on the ground.” Irena Moozova started her speech by addressing the panelists present at the conference directly.
The Covid-19 pandemic did not make gender equality easier, Ms. Moozova continued. On the contrary, this crisis has actually made things works for women, both at home and at work. But the pandemic also brought some opportunities, the EC representative said: “The pandemic brought the opportunity to change the status quo. “Now, it is more important than ever, to intensify our efforts to overcome the dramatic impact of the crisis on gender equality. And let me tell you that at the beginning of March 2020, just before the first big hit of the pandemic, the EC adopted the new gender equality strategy for the 2020-2025 period. And this is our new framework to promote gender equality and equal opportunities, at both European and national level.” Ms. Moozova said.
The Gender Gap
“We have presented a proposal to address one of the great injustices that women still face: the gender pay gap. Women in Europe are paid 14 percent less than men. This is not right and you know that the right to equal pay is a cornerstone for gender equality in the workplace and it’s the basis for women’s economic empowerment. We want to achieve this via the Pay Transparency measures and also enforcements mechanisms.” Said Irena Moozova.
The Future Workforce
“The workforce of tomorrow is expecting more from employers in terms of inclusion and fairness and pay transparency is good for business. Companies that will adopt these measures will be in a good position to attract top talents and be leaders of the future.” Ms. Moozova continued.
“Let me stress that the progress in gender equality is a joint responsability. To make a change and speed up progress we must work together and I am counting on you, on your support as representatives of European companies, to take what is needed on your side, and to make equality in the workplace a reality. As you well know promoting gender equality and inclusion is a continuous effort and a long term work. To show our commitment to these topics, to promote diversity in the workplace and in our society, we have organised together with national diversity charters the European Diversity Month in May 2021. We count on you to be part of this and spread the word. We also count on the support of Carta Diversității din România. They will organize on May 20, the first virtual Romanian Diversity and Inclusion Forum. The aim of this forum is to bring together the different players, to share their knowledge about diversity management within their organizations, and to also exchange best practices. I hope that you will participate and help us make gender equality at diversity at the workplace a reality in Romania, but also in Europe!” Concluded Irena Moozova.