Press Release sent on behalf of Wellington Pay Equity Coalition

REPOST: Press Release sent on behalf of Wellington Pay Equity Coalition –

Equal Pay activists in Wellington not celebrating new gender pay figures yet

The spokesperson for The Pay Equity Coalition Wellington, Sue O Shea, said today that there was little to celebrate in the latest gender pay gap statistics. “Progress continues to be painfully slow or stalled, whichever measure is used,” she said. “We need much faster movement on claims to hit the Government’s targets for a country that treats, and pays women fairly.”

The Coalition is particularly concerned about the yawning gap still being experienced by wāhine Māori and Pacific women compared with Pākehā men. The gap between Pacific women’ average hourly pay compared to Pākehā men is a staggering 31.5% and for wāhine Māori it is 27.8%. The overall average gender pay gap has worsened slightly, going from 13.1% to 13.9%.

“While we welcome the Government’s commitment to pay equality, we would like to see a pick up in the pace, and pay particular attention to pay discrimination against Māori and Pacific women” said Ms O’Shea. “At the current rate of reduction in the gender pay gap, the average women’s pay will be equal to men’s pay in the year 2136 , or one hundred and eighteen years from now.”

 “As more pay equity claims are settled and other measures to address pay equality are implemented, we expect to see a noticeable narrowing of the overall gender pay gap narrowing. But it requires sustained effort. It requires effort from employers too who have to step up and comply with the law. As we put the agreed equal pay principles into new law this year, we expect employers to stay on top of their requirement to pay women fairly, and engage constructively in the new pay equity and equal pay processes.”



For all further comment:

Sue O’Shea, ph: 021 569 277.


The Pay Equity Coalition Wellington includes representatives from the following organisations: National Council of Women (New Zealand) ; Business and Professional Women (New Zealand); Campaign for Equal Value, Equal Pay; Graduate Women New Zealand; YWCA (Aotearoa/New Zealand); National Committee UN Women (Aotearoa/Zealand) ; Zonta; Rural Women New Zealand; Volunteering New Zealand; Hui E; Action Station; New Zealand Council of Trade Unions; E tū; First; New Zealand Educational Institute; New Zealand Nurses Organisation; New Zealand University Students Association; Post Primary Teachers Association; Public Service Association; Tertiary Education Union; and the College of Midwives.

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2018 YWCA Equal Pay Awards – NOW OPEN!

Entries for the 6th Annual YWCA Equal Pay Awards are now open. YWCA are celebrating, encouraging and motivating all New Zealanders to be part of the equal pay movement.

This year YWCA have introduced six new award categories to their list of awards.

If you would like to join this growing network of New Zealanders doing awesome things for Equal Pay, then head over to their website  or check out their latest newsletter

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Internship & Volunteer Opportunities: 2018-2019 – NGO CSW/NY openings for the CSW63 Season

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities: NGO CSW/NY openings for the CSW63 Season

(September 2018 – May 2019)

For information regarding the wonderful Internship & Volunteer opportunities available from September 2018 to May 2019 with the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York please refer to the following link;

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Opportunities in Sport for Women

Source – Stuff Sport 11.05.2018


‘Give my ‘daughter’ a game’: Are there really lots of opportunities for girls in sport?


Football Fern Rosie White played most of her junior football against boys.


Football Fern Rosie White played most of her junior football against boys.

ANALYSIS: There’s been a lot of hypothesising about women’s sport lately.

After the Silver Ferns slumped to an all-time low at last month’s Commonwealth Games, many columnists and broadcasters armed with a stretchy bow declared netball to be dead, or at the very least on life support. The premise being there are soooooo many opportunities for girls out there nowadays, why are we even bothering with netball?

Prior to the Commonwealth Games, I examined the challenges netball is facing to retain its membership with the rise of professional leagues for women around the world. What hasn’t been examined is the second part – the assertion that there are now tonnes of other sporting opportunities open to young girls.

The past 5 -10 years has undoubtedly seen a surge in opportunities for female athletes. At the elite end, anyway. The move by the International Olympic Committee to level the playing field and ensure gender equity across Olympic events, along with the establishment of elite women’s leagues around the world in cricket, football, league, rugby and basketball means women now have more opportunity than ever before to compete on the big stage.

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But not everyone is going to be an elite athlete. In fact, most people won’t be. The clue is in the descriptor – “elite”. What if you’re, say, an 11-year-old girl just wanting to play rugby with her mates?

In an undercover operation, I tried to enrol my imaginary 11-year-old daughter into an all-girls rugby grade in 10 cities around the country: Invercargill, Dunedin, Nelson, Whanganui, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Napier, Tauranga, Hamilton and Whangarei. Then I did the same for cricket. Then I tried to do the same with football, which was a bit more problematic, so I had to blow my cover and ask for help from NZ Football.

My carefully constructed backstory was this: my family was relocating to said city at the end of the year and my daughter was mad keen on her rugby/cricket/football. I asked sports reps from each region if there were any girls competitions my kid could play in. Alternatively, did they know of any schools or clubs that fielded all-girl teams?

Turns out, there’s not that many opportunities, after all. For rugby and cricket in particular, it’s pretty hard to find competitions that accommodate the social needs of girls. That’s because until recently, these sports have tended to ignore its women’s programmes or, at best, treated them as an afterthought. In some parts of the country, that’s still the case.

The good news is there are a lot of passionate people working hard to change this.


It’s boom times for women’s rugby with the success of the Black Ferns in both the XVs and Sevens game over the past year winning over a legion of new fans and prompting further investment in the national programme.

There is still a lot of work to be done at grassroots level.

Only three cities I contacted offered junior rugby competitions specifically for intermediate-age girls – Tauranga (Bay of Plenty Rugby), New Plymouth (Taranaki Rugby) and Dunedin (Otago Rugby). There were others that offered special training days and tournaments, with the view to developing it into more regular organised competition. In other regions, like Northland, the focus has been on growing numbers in the U-15 and U-18 levels, with the long-term goal to create girls-only grades throughout.

A couple of rugby unions quite unapologetically told me there were no competitions available for girls of that age. Basically it was a case of waiting until she got a little bit older. It made me angry that my daughter was being deprived of opportunities. I worried she would not adjust well to her new surroundings, she would begin to resent me for making this move, she would start acting out and fall in with the wrong crowd, we would grow apart and probably wouldn’t have a meaningful relationship again until she reaches her 30s and becomes a mother herself.

Then I remembered I did not have an 11-year-old daughter. But still.

In those cities where girls competitions are available they are still fairly informal. Kids can turn up on the night and be grouped into teams. The competition timeframes are still pretty limited as well, with the biggest block being six weeks. But the thinking behind it is based upon the “build your field of dreams and they will come” theory. Once these programmes build critical mass it can progress into more regular, organised competition.

Black Ferns Lesley Elder, left, and Chelsea Alley stopped by Petone Rugby Club for a girl's development day last month.


Black Ferns Lesley Elder, left, and Chelsea Alley stopped by Petone Rugby Club for a girl’s development day last month.

Taranaki Rugby is among the first of the regions to introduce an U-13 tackle rugby grade for girls. Braydon Peterson, women’s rugby development officer for the region, says the new initiative is in its fourth week and already proving popular.

“We’re getting 80 or so kids coming along each week, but there is definitely room to grow. As far as clubs go, we probably only have 50 per cent of the clubs in the region involved, so there’s huge potential.”

They’ve taken a similar approach in Tauranga, where a winter 10s module was introduced just this month for girls aged 7-13. Lesley Elder, women’s rugby development officer for Bay of Plenty, says schools and clubs can enter teams, or girls can turn up on the night with their mates and be put in a team.

White Ferns Captain Suzie Bates helps out Hamilton Girls' High School to ride the wave of women's cricket that is ...


White Ferns Captain Suzie Bates helps out Hamilton Girls’ High School to ride the wave of women’s cricket that is sweeping over the province.

Krysten Cottrell, the women’s rugby development officer for Hawke’s Bay Rugby, hopes to get a similar competition off the ground in her region next year. Cottrell believes one of the biggest barriers to girls wanting to continue on in rugby beyond the “Rippa” and “Quick Rip” grades is that they have to play in boys teams.

“What we’ve found is the girls at that [intermediate] age are either a bit shy to play with the boys or some are new and it’s a bit too rough, so I’m working hard on getting a girls-only grade up and going,” says Cottrell, who has been in the role a year.

“There are some girls that just want to get out there and smash the boys, which is awesome, but we also know we have to introduce more opportunities for the girls to play with girls their own age.”

Tasman Rugby’s George Vance has similar aspirations in his region, acknowledging there is currently a major gap in the opportunities offered to girls in the sport. Even at high school level, most schools only have one girls team, which is likely to be made up of senior students.

“Currently what we’re trying to do is fill that gap between junior rugby and first XV rugby for girls. We’ve got an Under 15 grade running for the first time this year, and then as it grows you can add more layers to it.”

Everyone I spoke to in the regions said interest in girls rugby has sky-rocketed over the past few years on the back of increased visibility of our top women’s players. Participation data provided by NZ Rugby supports this assertion — the number of girls playing rugby in the 5-12 age-group has increased 58 per cent since 2012.


For decades, NZ Cricket has neglected the women’s game. That is not my opinion, that is the stated view of the governing body.

In 2016, NZ Cricket issued an extraordinary mea culpa following the release of an independent report, which found female cricketers were “on the verge of becoming an extinct species”.

Among the more damning findings of the report was that 90.5 per cent of clubs around the country didn’t have girls-only teams, while 57.6 per cent didn’t offer girls cricket at all. The report’s authors found female participation numbers had fallen off a cliff since the women’s game had come under the administration of men.

“The 1992 amalgamation of the New Zealand Women’s Cricket Council with New Zealand Cricket was considered trailblazing: a model for the rest of the world,” wrote Sarah Beaman, who headed the review.

“But the buzz quickly faded: women’s cricket, which had been run by women for women for 58 years, was soon run mostly by men; the partnership became a takeover. Female participation — as leaders, volunteers, and players — declined. People I interviewed spoke of a ‘lost generation’. They said cricket for females became relegated to an obligation and a cost centre.”

Hannah Wilkinson in action in an international football friendly against Scotland last month.


Hannah Wilkinson in action in an international football friendly against Scotland last month.

NZ Cricket has moved to adopt all recommendations in the report, but they are still getting themselves set at the crease when it comes to re-building participation levels.

Four of the regions that responded offered girls-only cricket grades, but most had all-girls teams participating in its junior competitions organised through schools or clubs. There were opportunities for me to be involved too, with Hamilton Cricket inviting me to help out as a volunteer coach. My cover story was clearly too convincing (really sorry about that Janice).

James Carr, cricket development officer in Southland, says there are still no all-girls teams playing hardball cricket in Invercargill. He hopes to build participation by getting them involved in modified forms of the game first. The region currently runs a “Girls Smash” league on Monday nights for years 3-8, which involves around 200 children.

Silver Ferns vice captain Maria Folau waves to students at Auckland Normal Intermediate during the New Zealand Netball ...


Silver Ferns vice captain Maria Folau waves to students at Auckland Normal Intermediate during the New Zealand Netball Commonwealth Games team announcement in February.

Adrian Dale, NZC general manager of community cricket, says the national body has delivered increased investment to its districts to promote more participation opportunities for girls and women.

“We’re trying to put initiatives in place for girls where there previously wasn’t,” says Dale.

“It’s in that 11-12-13 age-group where they start sort of seeing the differences. Our approach at the entry-level point is not to differentiate between boys and girls – it’s just come and have a go and everybody mixes in. But as they get up through the ages we want it to be a bit more girls specific.

“Those super-competitive sporty girls might want to play with the boys because it gives them stronger competition, but for the masses, we are absolutely aware that we need to be providing female-only competition.”


The football landscape in the regions was a little more tricky to survey, due to the sport being split along quite different territorial lines to the other sports.

Several of the cities I planned to move to came under the same organising body, so I had to come clean and reveal my true identity. It was a relief to be honest. It was getting exhausting leading a double life.

Football appear to be further down the track when it comes to creating a standardised approach to competitive opportunities for girls across the country.

Football New Zealand women’s development manager Holly Nixon couldn’t offer a definitive picture on what was happening in each of the cities surveyed, but says most regions now offer girls-only football grades. Nixon says while some areas may not offer girls competitions for the traditional Saturday morning winter competition, they will likely have some type of adaptive version like Futsal available.

“We’re trying to introduce girls-only pathways around the country to try and meet the social needs of girls that don’t want to play in a mixed environment. We recognise that girls have different needs, so if we actually want to increase participation we have to give them a choice and give them lots of opportunities to give it a go,” says Nixon.

“The girls-only football has been around in the bigger centres like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for the past 10 years, but for some of the smaller centres like WaiBOP football, we only introduced it about three years ago.

“We’ve just seen participation numbers in girls sky-rocket, because girls that want to play with their mates now have that option. They don’t feel intimidated like they might at that age playing with boys.”


The recent backlash against netball seems to ignore the realities of the sporting landscape for girls.

Netball has thrived at grassroots because it offers something most other sports don’t: regular organised competition for girls and women in every corner of the country.

Now that traditionally male-dominated sports have woken up to the existence of the other 50 per cent of the population, netball’s role seems to have been curiously recast as holding women back from other sporting opportunities.

One columnist, using flimsy anecdotal evidence, argued netball was being “forced down the throats” of young girls and that “we” shouldn’t be pouring resources into netball. But it is the sports themselves that put resources into their own junior pathways and competitions. And it is the sports themselves that fund women’s programmes.

The claim that netball is dying is at stark odds with the participation data. Nearly 68,000 kids play netball at junior level (years 3-8), while there are more than 30,000 girls at secondary school level hitting the courts every weekend, making it the biggest secondary school sport in New Zealand. Compare that to rugby, where there are more than 16,500 girls playing in the junior grades, and nearly 6000 aged 13-20. Cricket’s numbers are still in the rebuilding phase, with 5300 girls playing in the junior grades, and 2300 at high school age.

That netball has become so entrenched in schools over decades is not a failing of those school administrators, it is the failing of those individual sports that have for so long ignored the social needs of girls.

Girls aren’t going to suddenly flood into other sports if there are no leagues or competitions for them to play in.

My unscientific survey demonstrated there is still a lot of work to be done in rugby, cricket and football to create meaningful and sustained competitive opportunities for girls, particularly in the 9-15 year age-group. There are some great initiatives happening around the country, that will ensure girls will soon have something previous generations have lacked for: choice. Netball’s role in getting them to that point should be celebrated, not diminished.

 – Stuff

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Human trafficking: Migrants lured to NZ with lucrative job offers exploited, forced into sex industry

16 Apr, 2018 5:00am

The therapist was offered $15.50-hour, which is high by her country’s standards, to work at a Thai massage parlour in Auckland.

But when she got here Prachantasen said she was told her employment contract was for “immigration purposes only” to get her a work visa.

Instead, she would only get a 41 per cent commission for the massages that she gave.

“My whole life in New Zealand is just centred around [the company], because I was expected to be there from opening to closing time… so in fact, I had no life,” Prachantasen said.

Immigration New Zealand area manager Marcelle Foley confirmed investigations were currently underway in some parts of the massage industry.

The company closed down following an investigation by the Labour Inspectorate.

“The Labour Inspectorate investigated [the business] and provided support to an employee to engage with the liquidator to claim unpaid holiday pay, which has led to an unsecured creditors claim being lodged,” Foley said.

“INZ works alongside the Labour Inspectorate and other government agencies as part of a whole-of-government approach to combat migrant exploitation.”

However, Prachantasen’s application to transfer her work visa to work at another Thai massage business was declined by Immigration.

She was also declined a partnership visa following her marriage to New Zealander Daniel Gray and they have both left for Thailand.

Thai massage therapist Sabaitong Prachantasen didn't get paid what she was promised by her employers and couldn't get a visa to remain in NZ with her Kiwi husband. Photo / Supplied
Thai massage therapist Sabaitong Prachantasen didn’t get paid what she was promised by her employers and couldn’t get a visa to remain in NZ with her Kiwi husband. Photo / Supplied

A woman, who worked at a Chinese massage outlet in an Auckland shopping mall said she was paid $30 for a 10-hour work day.

Another Thai massage therapist said she had to offer “happy endings” to clients in order to make ends meet.

The therapist, who spoke to the Herald on the condition of anonymity, was here on a legitimate work visa.

Like Prachantasen, she too was recruited in Thailand, and was offered – on paper – a $19-an-hour salary but is being paid just on commission.

“I give happy ending (a sex act) because I have to make the most money from every client, otherwise I won’t have enough money to pay rent,” she said.

More than 300 massage therapists have been granted visas to work in New Zealand over the last two years.

Foley said although New Zealand legislation specifically excluded migrants on temporary visas from lawfully providing commercial sexual services, they could be granted visas to work as massage therapists.

Massage therapists required a skill level 2 position, so applicants needed either a level 5 qualification or three years’ relevant experience to be approved a work visa, Foley said.

“Applications for a visa to work as a massage therapist are robustly assessed,” Foley added.

Over the last two years, there were 389 applications lodged by foreign nationals to work as massage therapists and 303 had been approved.

But many working in massage parlours and centres that offered sexual services were migrants on temporary visas, such as a student or visitor visa.

Foley said the agency was “very aware” that migrants working in the massage therapy industry could be “vulnerable to exploitation”.

Thai massage therapist Sabaitong Prachantasen didn't get paid what she was promised for work in NZ and couldn't get a visa to remain here with her Kiwi husband Daniel Gray. Photo/ Supplied
Thai massage therapist Sabaitong Prachantasen didn’t get paid what she was promised for work in NZ and couldn’t get a visa to remain here with her Kiwi husband Daniel Gray. Photo/ Supplied
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APRC Promotion for Distribution

APRC 2018 Promotion for Distribution

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The Water Burden

Water is something that you and I often take for granted, Sandra. But millions of women and girls don’t have that luxury. Collectively, girls spend about 200 million hours a day gathering water. Imagine a world in which they all had safe and convenient access to drinking water. 

For Aysha, a young Ethiopian girl, that would mean devoting eight hours of the day to studying, working and playing. With those eight hours back, she would have the chance at a better future — one that she is currently denied.  This is a day in her life.

Water is something that you and I often take for granted, Sandra. But millions of women and girls don’t have that luxury. Collectively, girls spend about 200 million hours a day gathering water. Imagine a world in which they all had safe and convenient access to drinking water. 

For Aysha, a young Ethiopian girl, that would mean devoting eight hours of the day to studying, working and playing. With those eight hours back, she would have the chance at a better future — one that she is currently denied.  This is a day in her life.

At the Bubwika primary school in Uganda, a UNICEF-installed underground water pump for students and the surrounding community has led to increased attendance and school completion rates for the young female students. With clean water now available, the girls can focus on their education and their futures.

With your support, UNICEF is currently working in over 100 countries to help provide the most vulnerable communities with safe water, sanitation and hygiene, fixing this water burden and empowering girls like Aysha.

Yesterday was World Water Day. Thanks to you, we’re working every day to create a future in which all children have safe and available water.

Warmest regards,

Donor Engagement Team
UNICEF New Zealand

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CTU Media Release- Women not fooled by National Party’s zombie pay bill ploy

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff said today that the National Party was not fooling any women with the return of its intentionally flawed Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill through the members bill ballot process. “I have to say, I’m impressed by their persistence trying to throw hurdles in front of women’s pay, but we all know this bill was killed off for very good reason” he said.

“The new coalition Government has already reconvened the Joint Working Group on equal pay and is getting the equal pay principles agreed by unions and business into law. This is a stark difference from the last Government, who tried with this bill to erase the mechanisms that Kristine Bartlett and unions used to achieve the equal pay settlement for care and support staff.”

“Now the National Party is trying to bring their deceptive bill back from the dead to put the handbrake on women accessing equal pay. I’m confident that voters can see whose interests the National Party is serving- and it’s not hard working New Zealand women. We’re forging ahead to get the agreed equal pay principles into law this year and putting money into women’s pockets.”

The Council of Trade Unions is working together with business and politicians across Government to get the agreed equal pay principles into the Equal Pay Act within the next 264 days.


For more information contact:

Richard Wagstaff | CTU President, ph: +64 (0)27 277 8131

Jenn Lawless | Communications and Campaigns Advisor, CTU

Email:, Tel: +64 (0)21 194 6483

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Criminal Bar Association to survey lawyers about harassment, bullying

22 Feb, 2018 12:06pm

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A new survey aims to gain a better understanding of harassment within law firms. Photo / 123RF
A new survey aims to gain a better understanding of harassment within law firms. Photo / 123RF

The Criminal Bar Association of NZ will survey all of its members following revelations that at least two lawyers from one of the country’s top law firms left their jobs after allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour towards summer clerks.

The association is also concerned at how many female lawyers quit the profession within a decade.

Earlier this month, Russell McVeagh chief executive Gary McDiarmid confirmed that the firm had received “serious allegations” about events in Wellington more than two years ago.

CBA president Len Andersen said the revelations confirmed anecdotal accounts of bullying and harassment experienced by young lawyers and it is now seeking to understand the extent to which this occurs, with a view to remedial action being put in place.

“CBA is absolutely committed to ensuring lawyers can carry out their professional obligations without being subject to harassment or bullying behaviour,” he said.

The association was also concerned at the number of young lawyers – particularly female – who leave the profession within the first 10 years of practice.

“The first step of understanding the problem is a survey which is being sent to all CBA members to be completed by practitioners working in the criminal law,” Andersen said.

“The results of the survey will determine what future action is required and the results will be published on the CBA website.”

It is understood the allegations at Russell McVeagh involved students in the firm’s summer law-clerk programme. reported that two incidents happened at Christmas functions and another at the El Horno Bar in Wellington. At least one complaint was made to police about a man’s behaviour at El Horno.

McDiarmid said the law firm immediately conducted a full internal investigation at the time and initiated a formal process.

“Those who were the subject of the allegations left the firm following the investigation,” he said.

Victoria University vice chancellor Grant Guilford said it had supported the young women and was focused on ensuring a safe environment for future students in the workplace.

“We have worked closely with Russell McVeagh and other firms to ensure that young women or any young person is well-protected,” he said.

Guilford said workplace harassment was a major issue for New Zealand society.

“It is quite difficult for a young woman in this situation to consider undertaking a complaint with the police and going through the court system. It’s as little as 3 per cent of our sexual assault cases actually do end up going through the police and into the courts.

“I think if anything that comes of this of any good, it’s that we face up to these things in our workplaces and make sure there’s a zero tolerance of it across the country.”

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BBC China editor Carrie Gracie quits post in equal pay row

 8 January 2018 
Carrie Gracie

The BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie has resigned from her post, citing pay inequality with male colleagues.

In an open letter, Ms Gracie – who has been at the BBC for more than 30 years – accused the corporation of having a “secretive and illegal pay culture”.

She said the BBC was facing a “crisis of trust”, after it was revealed two-thirds of its stars earning more than £150,000 were male.

The BBC said there was “no systemic discrimination against women”.

Ms Gracie said she left her role as editor of the corporation’s Beijing bureau last week, but would remain with the BBC.

She said she would return to her former post in the TV newsroom “where I expect to be paid equally”.

Ms Gracie is co-presenting BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday.

In the letter, posted on her blog, Ms Gracie – a China specialist who is fluent in Mandarin – said “the BBC belongs to you, the licence fee payer.

“I believe you have a right to know that it is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and transparent pay structure.”

In July last year, the BBC was forced to reveal the salaries of all employees earning more than £150,000 a year.

Ms Gracie said she was dismayed to discover the BBC’s two male international editors earned “at least 50% more” than its two female counterparts.

US editor Jon Sopel earned £200,000-£249,999, it was revealed, while Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen earned £150,000-£199,999.

Ms Gracie was not on the list, meaning her salary was less than £150,000.

A letter calling for equal pay – published in the Telegraph – was later signed by both Ms Gracie and BBC Europe editor, Katya Adler.

Equal pay

In her open letter, Ms Gracie said: “The Equality Act 2010 states that men and women doing equal work must receive equal pay.

“But last July I learned that in the previous financial year, the two men earned at least 50% more than the two women.

“Despite the BBC’s public insistence that my appointment demonstrated its commitment to gender equality, and despite my own insistence that equality was a condition of taking up the post, my managers had yet again judged that women’s work was worth much less than men’s.”

Media captionCarrie Gracie returned to Beijing in 2014 after several years’ absence

Ms Gracie said she asked for the four international editors to be paid equally.

“Instead the BBC offered me a big pay rise which remained far short of equality,” she added.

“I believe I am very well paid already – especially as someone working for a publicly funded organisation.

“I simply want the BBC to abide by the law and value men and women equally.”

She said “patience and good will are running out” among female staff.

Industry support

BBC media editor Amol Rajan said Ms Gracie’s resignation was a “big, big headache” for the corporation.

Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said it was “no surprise” that Ms Gracie was not prepared to stay silent about the “scourge of unequal pay” at the BBC.

“[The letter] makes it clear what a difficult decision it has been to speak out about what she calls a crisis of trust at the BBC, but why it is vital that the British public are clear about why she has been forced to resign her post.”

On Twitter, many people, including BBC journalists, have expressed support for Ms Gracie using the hashtag #IStandWithCarrie, echoing the #BBCWomen hashtag that was prominent last summer.

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