“Membership of EPIC is testament to our strong research reputation and the impressive work our multi-disciplinary teams do in engaging with the Federal Government, industry stakeholders, and international organisations like the OECD to address gender equity”, Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Annamarie Jagose said.
“Our Sydney in 2032 Strategy sets out our aspirations not only to do world-class research that addresses the great global challenges but also to be partners of choice. It is therefore gratifying to see that the outstanding calibre of our research and its real-world impact have been recognised through our admission to EPIC”, Annamarie said.
The University has been leading research into equal pay and the gender pay gap for over ten years through the Women, Work and Policy Research Group and the Gender Equality in Working Life (GEWL) Research Initiative, led by Professor Rae Cooper[DW1] [RC2] and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hill.
“Membership of EPIC provides an exciting opportunity for the University to work collaboratively with multilateral organisations to address gender inequalities, including in relation to pay, and to extend our already thriving research agenda beyond Australia to the Asia-Pacific region and globally”, Professor Rae Cooper said.
EPIC is the only multi-stakeholder partnership working to reduce the gender pay gap at the global, regional and national levels. The EPIC Secretariat is composed of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UN Women and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Key stakeholders today include the governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Jordan, New Zealand, Panama, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Switzerland, the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
By bringing together a diverse set of actors with different areas of focus and expertise, EPIC supports governments, employers, workers, and their organisations to make concrete and coordinated progress towards this goal.