Petitioning Libby Lyons

Take Action for Workplace Equality

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In today’s society, 46% of Australian employees are women and only 26% of organisations have women employed in leadership roles (Women in Leadership Summit, 2017). These statistics make it clear that a hiring bias still exists and influences all areas of the workforce. More specifically, the top levels of management remain heavily male-dominated, with just 15.4% of CEO positions held by women (Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 2017).

By some estimates, gender equality in the workplace won’t be achieved until 2095 (UN Women, 2016). That’s not good enough. As we prepare to enter the workforce as new graduate health professionals, we want to enter a workforce that provides us with the equal opportunity to succeed and progress throughout our career to the same extent as our male counterparts.

With 49.7% of the workplace consisting of women, why do they not have the same opportunities? (Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 2017) The inequality lies in the hiring process; where companies and organisations may recruit differently, create different position descriptions, have different expectations, or promote differently depending on whether you are a male or female.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a document outlining the fundamental human rights that are universally protected. The hiring bias is non-compliant with UDHR Article 23.1:

Article 23.1:  Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

Gender inequality in the workplace, more specifically the hiring bias results in unequal opportunities for women to attain leadership roles. As such, conditions of the workplace are unjust where women are limited in choice of positions in the workplace.


Join our call to action!

We need your help to push for policy amendments to the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012) to promote accountability for gender equality within the recruitment process.  

The Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012) currently requires all employers with 100 or more employees to report against a set of standardised gender equality indicators each year. Workplaces with more than 500 employees are required to reach a minimum standard, however workplaces under this capacity are not required to meet any criterion. The current data presented by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency represents only 40% of employees in Australia. This highlights that the majority of Australian workplaces are not currently being held accountable for gender equality in the workplace.

Sign the petition to make more workplaces responsible for gender equality. We are calling for Libby Lyons, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, to work in partnership with us to reduce the size of businesses required to comply with minimum gender equality standards. Join us in calling to reduce the current business size required to meet minimum standards from 500 to 100 employees. This will increase the number of businesses supporting women in the workplace, taking a step towards achieving gender equality throughout the country.

Help us to make a change in the workforce for our daughters, granddaughters, nieces and sisters. Let’s create a culture where women are empowered and able to achieve their career goals, no matter how high.

 

References:

Women in Leadership Summit. (2017). Women in Leadership Summit. Retrieved from:  https://www.wilsummit.com.au/

UN Women. (2016). Take Action for Workplace Equality. Retrieved from http://www.heforshe.org/en/take-action/work   

Workplace Gender Equality Agency. (2017). Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard. Retrieved from: https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/80653_2015-16-gender-equality-scorecard.pdf

 

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