Since the inception of International Women's Day back in the early 1900's, the world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.
This is a great opportunity to consider how far women have come in the workplace but also to focus on the future. So make a difference, think globally and act locally, make every day a celebration of women and their contribution to society.
In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, EEO Trust Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie, talks about why employee engagement should be high on the list of strategic priorities for organisations of all sizes and the business benefits realised by those who develop a culture that motivates and rewards staff. Read the full article here.
A best practice guidance booklet produced by Worksafe New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) was released on 20 February. It provides a useful resource with options and practical examples of how to prevent and respond to workplace bullying and harrassment. It can be used by both employers and employees to help define workplace bullying as well as providing tools for managing it. Download a copy here.
EEO Trust CEO Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie discusses the importance of workplace diversity and how to address it. Click here to see the interview.
EEO Trust CEO Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie welcomes the findings and subsequent recommendations of this report, following the review of the experiences of women in uniform in the New Zealand Defence Force.
Cassidy-Mackenzie acknowledges that good progress has been made in gender equity for women in the NZ defence forces but that there are still improvements to be made which the report's key recommendations will go some way to address.
Read the report in our research section.