European Equal Pension Day 15 May 2019
The gender pension gap is a result of the accumulation of the gender pay gap over many years. Across Europe, by the time people retire, women’s pensions are much lower than those of men. A report from 2018 found that women’s pensions are still 37% lower than men’s due to lower salaries and shorter working lives, which is linked to caring responsibilities. To raise awareness of poverty risk in older age and the inequality between pensions of women and men, we would like to mark the European Equal Pension Day. This symbolic day aims to make people aware that if we translate the 37% gender pension gap into days, it takes 135 days more for a woman to receive the same amount of pension as a male pensioner did the year before.