International Women’s Day is on 8 March and the theme this year is ‘Embrace Equity’. It is important to distinguish equity from equality. Equality is when each person is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that everyone has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities to each person needed to reach an equal outcome.
Significant work needs to be done in the nonprofit sector to reach a state of equity. At management level, for example, 70% of employees are women; our sector is powered by women. However, a 2019 report by The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) found that there is still a significant gender pay-gap and men still occupy a disproportionate number of leadership roles in the sector. The report found:
Gender Pay Gap
Practical policies and practices should be put in place to back up the intention for real change. This means setting meaningful targets for change and involving all genders to deliver a better balance.
Adare HR say that an equal-opportunity workplace delivers far-reaching benefits. Getting the balance right across organisations drives a more successful and cohesive working environment for everybody. This includes growth in income, better decision-making, and an engaged workforce with opportunities for everyone.
The Irish Human Right & Equality Commission have developed a framework for building a culture of equality and human rights in the workplace. An organisation interested in embedding human rights and equality in their workplace can consider some of these steps:
These steps are a way to embed equity into an organisation’s culture and eliminate discrimination. Learn more about this framework here.
The Leadership Academy
The CFI report highlights the need for a greater representation of female leaders in senior roles. The Wheel has set up The Leadership Academy as a way for all nonprofit workers to network and develop their leadership potential. To mark International Women’s Day, the upcoming Breakfast Club event will celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It is on March 2 is taking place the LinkedIn’s Office, One Wilton, Dublin 2 from 08:30am – 10am. Get more information and register for the event here.
The Leadership Academy runs a monthly Breakfast Club event with guest speakers exploring different leadership themes. To learn more about The Leadership Academy see here.
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