The International Federation of Journalists (FIJ) launched a global campaign on International Women's Day, urging media outlets to conduct wage audits and combat inequality between women and men in newsrooms. "The Journalists' Union (SJ) supports the FIJ's #PayMeEqual campaign, "which urges law-a-bodies to carry out wage audits and combat inequality between women and men in newsrooms." The FIJ points out that "journalism is no exception" to the "injustice" of the pay gap – which in the world gives men 23% higher salaries than women for work of equal value, the SJ said.
IVF Gender Council President María Angeles Samperio, quoted in the statement, said in the statement that "salary audits are needed in the newsrooms to help close the gender pay gap." The FIJ has launched a global survey, along with the foundation's WageIndicator project of the same name, "to document the gender pay gap" in the media. "This research will help our affiliates fight for equal pay and opportunity," fij president Younes Mjahed said. "Filing a complaint against the employer for unfair payment and discrimination requires courage and we must ensure that unions are fully prepared and equipped to support their members in this task," he said. "The gender pay gap is not associated with women being less qualified, but rather with the fact that their access to well-paid jobs is limited," the IJ said. In addition, women are being disproportionately affected by the current crisis triggered by the covid-19 pandemic, the Federation stresses. "Many attempts to achieve equal wages, either through legislation or through negotiations, have been frozen," said the FIJ, which represents 600,000 professionals and 187 unions and associations from 140 countries. Recalling journalist Samira Ahmed's historic victory against the British BBC, which in January 2020 was convicted of paying the presenter six times less than the male presenter of a similar content programme, the IFJ points out that "obstacles to equal pay also include the lack of shared parental responsibility." In addition, "few collective agreements have been adopted with sound provisions on reducing wage inequalities between women and men and balancing work and family life," he adds.