GWI President's Letter
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TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY SUPPORTING WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE
Tuesday 15th November 2016
The magnitude of the undertaking required to eradicate gender inequality and workplace discrimination should not be underestimated. Over half (53%) of the recent net growth in female employment has come from women moving into lower paid part time jobs, with Price Waterhouse Coopers revealing at the UK has the third lowest proportion of women in full time employment out of the 27 OECD nations. Equalising labour force participation rates is not only a question of social justice but could furthermore yield potential gains of 10% growth in GDP by 2030. Moreover, the attitudes which underpin discriminatory behaviour also need to be seriously combated. 83% of women in full time employment believe gender discrimination is still present in workplaces, while TUC figures reveal that 52% of women have experienced unwanted behaviour at work including groping, sexual advances and inappropriate jokes, a proportion rising to 63% amongst 16-24 year olds. With the recent appointment of Britain's second-ever female Prime Minister, this symposium will offer a timely opportunity for employers, HR officers, legal professionals, researchers, equality campaigners and other stakeholders to assess the impact of recent legislative changes and discuss how Theresa May's government can promote gender equality, maximise women's economic contribution and help change business culture to better utilise the potential and talents of women at every stage of their working lives.
I am pleased to advise you that we offer a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates for all bookings received by the 14th October 2016. For further details about the symposium, please refer to the enclosed event brochure. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation. In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the attached registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).
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Share your stories about being a peacemaker/peacebuilder
As promised a couple of weeks ago, Women Graduates-USA (WG-USA) is facilitating a discussion about women as peacemakers. Your stories will be shared the end of the month with the United Nations initiated program called Women’s Peace Tables. During the whole month of October, the campaign is called #WomenSeriously.
This is how the campaign explains the idea: "Women bring to the negotiating table issues that are not seen and experienced—so will not be brought up—by men. Issues about how we relate to one another, how we live and give and allot resources, how we govern, and how we resolve our differences peacefully.”
There are not many opportunities for a “peace table” to include members of 60 national organizations such as we have in Graduate Women International, so let us all contribute our stories. Whether you include your name or not, WG-USA will NOT include your name when we forward the comments to the #WomenSeriously campaign unless you indicate you want it included - HOWEVER, we would like to make sure you do include your country or the place where your story took place. That is the beauty of what GWI can contribute - across so many cultural boundaries we are all peacemakers in our own way.
There are no rules - you may tell a personal story of how you did something to bring peace or build peace, or you may tell the story about an action by women that you saw take place. Go to the #WomenSeriously website to see what others are saying.
I will give you an example drawn from women in South Sudan with whom I am familiar because the organization I work for has been providing unarmed protection of civilians in that country. However, there are far more conflicts erupting than my organization can address. About three years ago, some women in the villages were so tired of the war they had been experiencing for 25 years - and far too often the victims - and they said, we understand there are people in our country protecting civilians and we want to learn how to do that when they are not in our village. They were welcomed by the team who trained them for several weeks in using unarmed civilian protection (UCP) strategies, and the idea spread. Today, there are 1,000 women trained and they are located in 13 sites throughout the country, and the movement is continuing to grow.And, they are considered the leaders in their villages - eve by the traditional men leaders.
Questions answered cheerfully!
Women Graduates - USA
Women, Peace & Security Convener
…empowering women through education, advocacy, friendship and mutual respect.