On Thursday 14 November the world marks Equal Pay Day 2019. This annual event is dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap, as men continue to earn more than women. In Wales, women still earn less than men, despite the fact that there are an increasing number of women in the workplace (Evans, 2017). With this in mind, it is vital that we educate the younger generation about gender equality, and today Oxfam Cymru and WJEC are launching ‘Decent Work for Women’, a new bilingual resource for the Global Citizenship Challenge element of the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate qualification.
“It has been a pleasure working with the Welsh Baccalaureate team at WJEC. Active citizenship lies at the heart of Oxfam’s vision and theory of change, and young people are the active citizens and change makers of today as well as tomorrow. Active citizenship is built upon the ability to take informed action and to ask critical questions, not least about power relationships and of those in power. The skills developed through the Welsh Baccalaureate challenges are a perfect partner to further Oxfam’s work to fight poverty.” Jennifer James, Oxfam Cymru
The Decent Work for Women resource has been created by Oxfam Cymru’s Jennifer James, and draws on the expertise of Dr Claire Evans from Cardiff Metropolitan University. Dr Evans is delighted with the outcome; “It’s a fantastic achievement having the Decent Work report as a Welsh Baccalaureate resource. I can’t think of a better way of propagating the message to the generation it will impact most.”
This new resource is available in Welsh and English on WJEC’s website aged 14-19 will learn about the challenges faced by women in the workplace, not only in Wales, but around the world. By using the resource, learners will investigate and evaluate different viewpoints and will be tasked to identify barriers and solutions to reduce the unequal access to work experienced by women.
“As Oxfam works internationally on global issues, this has been a great opportunity for us to work in partnership to produce a resource addressing a real global issue that faces today’s society. This will sit alongside the wealth of teaching resources that Oxfam has produced to inform and educate young people on a number of global issues, for students to investigate and develop their own learning and opinions. We look forward to working with Oxfam again in the future as we develop other Global Citizenship Challenges on current global issues.” Sara Davies, Welsh Baccalaureate Key Stage 4 Subject Officer
Oxfam is the latest organisation the WJEC Welsh Baccalaureate team has been working with to produce educational resources and Challenge Briefs. As the world focuses on the gender pay gap this week, we hope that educational resources like this will empower our young people, making the gender pay gap and equal pay day a thing of the past for future generations in Wales.