Boogertman + Partners, Africa’s largest architecture practice, has pledged to tackle its gender pay gap in response to Dezeen’s Move the Needle initiative. The South African studio made the promise after Dezeen’s simple calculator indicated that it pays female employees 19 percent less per hour than their male counterparts.
“Boogertman + Partners saw Move the Needle not only as an opportunity to publicly commit to change as an industry leader, but also as a chance to bring local challenges to the ongoing debate on a global level,” the firm wrote in a statement.
The firm is the latest to commit to change following Dezeen’s initiative, which highlighted gender imbalance in firms as well as among conference speakers, on awards juries and recipients of major industry honours.
“Boogertman + Partners hopes that by taking up Dezeen’s challenge and publicising its score on Move the Needle’s online calculator, it will help lead the way and affect a broader change in the fields of architecture and design in South Africa and Africa,” said Boogertman + Partners director Bob van Bebber.
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