The Taoiseach has touted the upcoming Citizens’ Assembly on gender inequality as a means to end all discrimination against girls and women, including the gender pay gap.
Mr Varadkar was speaking at a conference on equality in the workplace as part of #WorkEqual, an annual campaign run by the Dress for Success Dublin (DFSD) charity.
Mr Varadkar said the Assembly will specifically examine pay inequalities across the economy because “all too often” women are disproportionately represented in the low-pay sectors.
“I also want it to challenge the remaining barriers and social norms and attitudes that facilitate gender discrimination towards girls and boys, women and men,” he added.
Sweden which has universal, affordable childcare has about the same gender pay gap as Ireland.