The need for workplace gender equality
Workplace gender equality is achieved when people regardless of gender, can access the same opportunities, resources, and rewards regardless of their gender.
Many countries, including Australia, have achieved significant success in the struggle for gender equality. However, one area where much needs to be done is in the wage gap and overall equality in the workplace. Women still earn less than men even though they are doing the same work, and the chances of advancing in their career are still limited when compared with men.
Gender equality in the workplace aims to change this by providing equal access to opportunities and outcomes for women that exist for men. What we have today is a situation where men receive more for doing the same work, and they reach management positions faster than men. This is due to the societal belief that men are natural leaders, and they carry responsibility in most households. These erroneous beliefs, which are a result of centuries of stereotyping, have made it difficult for women to have access to equal opportunities and achieve their potential in all that they do.
In order to achieve this, workplace gender equality requires;
The removal of barriers that prevent the equal and full participation of women in the workforce
Workplaces should ensure the provision for work of comparable or equal value.
Elimination of all discrimination based on gender, especially as it relates to the caring and family responsibility. This is necessary because one of the major factors preventing women from advancing in their career is the prejudice that they are responsible for child care and do not have the time to function efficiently at their workplace. This is further compounded by the maternal leave policy, which is gradually being replaced by parental leave.
Access to all industries, occupations, and leadership roles irrespective of gender.
It is important for the workplace to create an environment of gender equality for many reasons. First of all, it is the right and fair thing to do. Thus, it is necessary to do it to create a society where the rights of everyone is respected, and justice prevails.
Apart from this, workplace gender equality is because it has a direct impact on the economy of the nation. Even without facts, it is logical to note that the more people working for the development of an organisation, the faster the process will be. Relegating women to subordinate roles affects the economy of the country because it means denying ourselves the significant input of a sizable percentage of our workforce.
Research has also shown the workplace gender equality is linked with;
- Increased performance within the organisation
- Improved economic growth and national productivity
- Enhance the reputation of the organisation
- Enhance company ability to acquire talents and also retain employers.