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Standard 1: You are committed to preventing violence against women and have structures, strategies and policies that explicitly promote gender equality.

Strong leadership is a cornerstone of organisational change. Leadership commitments need to be embedded in policies so that there is continuity in the workplace, contributing to lasting structural change.

What does commitment to equality and respect look like?

  • You have well-informed leaders who are committed to actively promoting gender equality in strategies, policies and in their individual actions.
  • You appoint key staff to lead work on gender equality and give them the time and resources they need to take action.
  • You implement measures of accountability that will support change – these might include public statements, targets and quotas, and procedures to avoid bias.
  • You deliberately promote gender equality through communications and keep staff and stakeholders informed – not just about your organisation’s commitment but also its progress towards achieving workplace equality.

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