Why We Need #BalanceForBetter

#BalanceForBetter

International Women’s Day is 8th March 2019 and the theme is #BalanceforBetter. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. In this article we take a look at some of the gender-balance issues affecting women in the workplace.

Sexual Harassment

As long ago as 2016 TUC found that more than half (52%) of 1,533 women surveyed said that they had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace: In 88% of cases the perpetrator was male; and almost a quarter (23%) had been victims of unwanted touching and 20% had been subject to uninvited verbal sexual advances.

Of those who have experienced sexual harassment, 79% did not inform their employer with:

The Gender Pay Gap

ONS research on the Gender Pay Gap found the gap:
The ONS note that they cannot take account of job demands and therefore suggest the headline figures for the gap should not be treated as an indicator of whether women are receiving equal pay for equal work. However in January 2018 the ONS published an article “Understanding the Gender Pay Gap in the UK” looking at factors which affect the gender pay gap.

The ONS noted that:

Sex Discrimination At Work

Recruitment

Maternity Discrimination

In the UK around 54,000 new mothers lose their jobs each year.
A Slater & Gordon Survey of 2,000 women in early 2019 found

Effects

So, what do you do?

What do you do in your organisation to ensure you are following best practice and providing fair opportunities and treatment for women?

How do you guarantee the senior management view of how employees, applicants and other stakeholders are treated actually matches how they feel they are treated?

In Part 2 we will look explore and advise on some actions you should be taking to tackle these issues.
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