Workplaces are key sites to improve gender equality for women and address sexist attitudes and behaviours. Across Australia, workplace leaders are recognising that taking active steps to support gender equality is not just the right thing to do; it’s good business.
Experience and evidence have shown us that achieving gender equality in the workplace takes:
The commitment of leaders and staff to equality and respect.
Workplace conditions (policies and procedures) that support equality.
A culture free from sexist and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours.
A workplace that supports staff and stakeholders who experience violence.
The integration of gender equality into core business.
Workplace Equality and Respect is good for business
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve already taken significant action, Workplace Equality and Respect can lead your workplace through a process that includes:
Developing long-term strategies and immediate action plans.
Taking action to address the drivers of violence against women.
Tracking your progress over time against key indicators of workplace gender equality.
Communicating effectively to support cultural change in your workplace and your community.
The Workplace Equality and Respect process has been designed so it can be adapted to suit the size and setting of different workplaces. It can be used by managers and leaders in any workplace. This might include team leaders, HR managers, diversity and inclusion managers, and senior executives. All the tools and resources are free.
The tools and resources page includes many good practice tools developed by a range of organisations to assist workplaces to undertake this work. As well as using to these documents to assist you, you might consider connecting with other workplaces who are undertaking work to embed gender equality and respect. This may be through professional bodies, through local business networks or even through online gender equality networks.
This website has been developed to guide you through the Workplace Equality and Respect process with the necessary links to key tools and resources. If you can’t find what you need on the site please contact Our Watch here.