WIZO makes a level playing field

September 2, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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In a dramatic achievement for WIZO in promoting the rights of Israeli women in the workplace, WIZO’s Equal Pay for Women and Men Bill has been passed into law by the Knesset.

WIZO president Paulette Cherny

The new law obligates employers to publish an annual report detailing the pay gaps between their male and female employees. This transparency will help women achieve fairness and equality in their wages.

Behind this success are the initiative and intense lobbying efforts of WIZO Israel, and the partnership of Member of Knesset Etty Atia, who sponsored the bill.

As Ora Korazim, Chairperson of WIZO Israel notes in media interviews, “this bill is a key milestone in the ongoing and just struggle to reduce gender gaps in the labour market and to promote equality in all areas of life. The wage gap between men and women in Israel currently stands at 32%, despite the fact that there is a law on the books that requires equal pay for both sexes. From now on, every employer will think twice before discriminating when it comes to the wages of their male and female employees.”

President of WIZO Australia Paulette Cherny told J-Wire: “Together with all our members, we are so very proud of WIZO Israel being able to bring this new law into being.  WIZO works very closely with the Knesset and lawmakers in Israel, to ensure the rights of all Israeli citizens are upheld.  This has been a milestone in narrowing the gender gap and in its 100th year,  WIZO is still making a difference and doing what matters for the lives of all Israelis.”

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