Actress Patricia Arquette joins UN fight to close gender pay gap

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The Launch of the Equal Pay Platform of Champions at the UN General Hall on 13 March 2016. UN Women/Ryan Brown

Activists, celebrities and governments are joining the UN to combat what they describe as the "great robbery" of pay inequality

On global average, women workers earn 23 per cent less than their male counterparts doing the same job, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates it will take 70 years to close this gender wage gap.

Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette is part of the Equal Pay Platform of Champions launched this week by UN Women and the ILO.

She told Jon Sweeney about the personal reasons that inspired her to join the campaign, which is using the hashtag #StopTheRobbery.

Duration: 5'23"

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