Employers – What can you do in recognition of International Women’s Day, every day?
While we know the International Women’s Day is an annual celebration and brings scores of brilliant, clever and talented women together, often presented in the media as a success for the International Women’s movement, it is also a reminder that all around the world women still remain unequal to men.
What are some of the Inequalities?
The WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report indicated it will take 257 years to reach gender equality in economic participation and opportunity. In fact, the report shows that while other metrics of gender equality have improved (education attainment and health are close to parity, for example), the economic participation and opportunity metric has regressed to 57.8%.
A survey of almost 5,000 adults found that women were three times as likely to have personally experienced sexual harassment at work.
42% of women in the workplace say they’ve experienced gender-based discrimination, including being passed up for important assignments, experiencing repeated, small slights, and being treated as though they weren’t competent. This makes women almost twice as likely to experience these grievances compared to men (22%).
Currently, Australia’s national gender pay gap is 13.4%. At November 2020, women’s average weekly ordinary full-time earnings across all industries and occupations was $1,562.00 compared to men’s average weekly ordinary full-time earnings of $1,804.20 (Australian Government – Work Place Gender Equality Agency 2021 https://www.wgea.gov.au/publications/australias-gender-pay-gap-statistics)
Given the new focus for IWD 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’ now is a great time to get active and prepare to fix things! We can all do something to take action for equality.
Employers– here’s some tips on what action can you take to achieve Equality, Diversity & Parity.
- Forge inclusive workplace cultures where women’s careers thrive and achievements are celebrated
- Put an end to salary secrecy which currently leaves women unable to access their fair share. Formalizing your pay structures will help.
- Remove the career cap and gender bias by allowing and encouraging diversity through appointing female representation in senior, high-paying positions.
- Remove barriers for flexible working which can hinder female career progression.
- Take a zero tolerance stance to violent and inappropriate behaviours in the work place. Every employee should feel safe at work, no ifs or buts!
- Review & redefine your recruitment process to ensure you fill a role not to replace the person who previously held it. Allow your teams to become gender diverse.
Choose to challenge
Don’t wait for an annual event…………think about your actions and challenges to make change to end inequality every Day in 2021.
Contact us if you need advice on how you can make changes, our HR specialists can support you.
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