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Women have the ability to transform our economies, societies and businesses. Yet they are paid less, are less likely to have a leadership position, and are chronically under-represented in critical areas like technology and engineering.
Employer responsibilities in gender equality
Employers in both the private and public sector have a role in ensuring equal, fair and inclusive working environments that allow women to develop and progress. Involving men is a vital part of this. We need to recognise and move beyond negative social norms. We need to rebalance the power structures that fuel inequality.
- access to quality work, fair pay and opportunities for training;
- greater flexibility in working, like shorter hours or telecommuting. All UK employees have the legal right to ask for flexible working arrangements after six months of employment. This was taken up by two-thirds (63%) of working women, compared to 44% of working men.
- active mentoring, in and out of work. Powerful female role models help and support women in the workforce to navigate barriers and challenges.
- child care, parental leave and pension schemes. The majority of mothers’ work and 2014 figures suggested almost as many women with children (74.1%) participated in the labour force as women with no children (75%).
“We spend more time at work than anywhere else. We want everyone to feel included and bring their whole self to work without reservation”