PAY FAIR: Unleashing the Potential, Closing the Gender Gap

Tuesday, 19 March 2024

9:00 – 11:00

Ambassador's Residence, Slavíčkova 10, Praha 6

In honor of the International Women’s Day, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the NCCC Traders by Nature explored the topic of gender equality in the workplace.

Together, we echoed a powerful message: stereotypes and our own mindsets remain significant challenges, but the good news is that each of us holds the power to challenge them individually. And more importantly, companies have the opportunity to transform their working culture without waiting for new legislation, taking steps towards fostering equality within their organizations.

Andrea Bohačíková and her M.arter initiative introduced effective tools to keep employees engaged, so that their parental leave doesn’t hinder their potential. David Škrobánek, Founder of Dobrý táta (Good Daddy), reminded us that dads need and want to be present in their kids’ life, too, which should be normalized and supported with role models. Jindřich Fialka, Founder of Sto skupin, talked about the importance of setting up children’s group in companies, in the situation when in the Czech Republic, up to 130,000 places in daycare facilities are lacking.

Thank you for being part of this extraordinary event. The Embassy expressed special gratitude to Monika Šamová from Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Lenka Simerská from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Filip Pertold from CERGE-EI for providing the context and data. And big thanks to the best practice examples provided by Erik Fortgens from ING Česká republika and Denisa Maternová of Albert Česká republika.


9:00 – 9:10 Welcome

H.E. Daan Huisinga, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Wiegert Smallegange, Director of the Netherlands-Czech Chamber of Commerce

9:10 – 9:20   Government policies and data

Monika Šamová, Government Council for Gender Equality

Lenka Simerská, Ministry of Social Affairs

Filip Pertold, CERGE-EI

9:20 – 9:30   Inspiration from companies

Erik Fortgens, Country Manager of ING Czech Republic

Denisa Maternová, Employee Experience & Internal Communications Manager, Albert Czech Republic

9:30 – 10:20   Parallel round-table discussion

Andrea Bohačíková, CEO of M.arter

David Škrobánek, Leader of the Good Daddy project

Jindřich Fialka, CEO at Q Designers and Founder of Sto skupin

10:20 – 11:00   Conclusions & networking

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