Category: GENDER DIVERSITY

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TACKLING GENDER INEQUALITY COULD ADD $12TN TO WORLD ECONOMY, STUDY FINDS

Researchers say extra GDP output could come from reforms, such as allowing more women in workforce in countries where they currently face restrictions. Tackling gender inequality and boosting women’s opportunities in the labour market could add $12tn (£7.8tn) to annual global GDP over the next decade, according to new research. The McKinsey Global Institute has measured gender inequality across 95 countries, using 15 different indicators, including not just women’s role in the workplace, but everything from the availability of contraception to access to bank accounts. The study found that if each country could make progress towards closing the gender gap...

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TIMES TOP 50 EMPLOYERS FOR WOMEN

Read the Times publication of the 2015 list   The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is unranked, and organisations are listed in alphabetical order below: Arup Asda Atkins Ltd BAE Systems Barclays BT Group plc Capgemini UK Carillion Plc Citi Credit Suisse Enterprise Rent-A-Car Eversheds EY Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Genesis Housing Association Goldman Sachs International Herbert Smith Freehills HM Revenue and Customs Hogan Lovells Home Office HSBC KPMG LLP Linklaters Lloyds Banking Group Marks & Spencer McKinsey & Company Mitie National Grid Nationwide Building Society Norton Rose Fulbright Obelisk Ofcom Olswang LLP PepsiCo Post Office PwC Royal Air Force...

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WOMEN BISHOPS WILL HAPPEN, BELIEVES ONE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND’S FIRST FEMALE PRIESTS

The Reverend Prebendary Philippa Boardman is sitting in a quiet room of her East End church when she flashes a mischievous smile and lifts up her jacket to reveal a purple cardigan underneath. In the annals of protest it is hardly the most drastic of actions, but it is, nonetheless, a form of quiet, stubborn rebellion. Boardman has been wearing something purple ever since 20 November, when the Church of England’s General Synod saw to it that neither she nor any of her female colleagues would be wearing the shirt of a bishop any time soon. “I came home on...

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DIVERSITY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE: IT’S A SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS

The workers of Whitehall are still mostly white and male. Reports that there are more ethnic minority civil servants now is undercut by the realisation that their chance of promotion is on the slide. Who didn’t love the Machiavellian trio who ran the country in Yes Minister? They were very sharp-witted, very articulate, very learned, very male and very white. When dramatic threat was needed, an assertive woman was thrown into the mix, and as far as Sir Humphrey was concerned, she may as well have been a Visigoth. Things aren’t that bad in today’s civil service. But they are a...

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WOMEN ARE NOT THE ONLY VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

It’s good Angelina Jolie is highlighting the horror of sex as a war weapon, but the campaign risks overlooking male, transgender and peacetime victims. This week Angelina Jolie expressed her hope that a summit hosted by the UK government in June will lead to increased prevention of sexual violence in armed conflict. Sexual violence is one of the many horrific facets of violent conflict and any steps taken to prevent it and to support the survivors are extremely important. However, there is a risk that narrowly focusing on sexual violence alone may not only fall short of the mark but also...

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EMPLOYERS SERIOUS ABOUT CHANGE NEED TO MAKE FEMALE TALENT A CORE BUSINESS PRIORITY

“Project 28-40 – The Report” is a reality check for employers.   There is a gap between organisational policies and the actual experiences of 28-40 women at work, including real challenges on bullying and harassment. Women want excellent line management – the basics are far more important than more female only programmes. Flexible working is essential to women in balancing their commitments, but the stigma attached can be an obstacle to progression. Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO of Newton Investment Management and Chair of Opportunity Now, said: “If business leaders are serious about change, we need to take the lead on women’s...

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‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’: THE FIGHT AGAINST EVERYDAY SEXISM

When Laura Bates set up her blog Everyday Sexism, she was told to relax: the battle for equality was pretty much won, wasn’t it? Here, she looks at the extraordinary pressures on girls today. Everyone has a tipping point. The funny thing is that when mine came, in March 2012, it wasn’t something dramatic. It was just another week of little pinpricks: the man who appeared as I sat outside a cafe, seized my hand and refused to let go; the guy who followed me off the bus and propositioned me all the way to my front door; the man who made a sexual gesture and...

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‘ONE IN, ONE OUT’ FOR FEMALE DIRECTORS

Study raises question of tokenism as FTSE 350 firms likely to appoint female director only as successor to another woman. The UK’s biggest companies are likely to appoint a female director only if the post has been vacated by another woman, according to research that suggests sex bias is entrenched at the top of British business. The report’s authors analysed the board composition and performance between 1996 and 2010 of companies listed on the FTSE 350 index, and say their research raises questions about whether companies are guilty of tokenism, and are failing to understand the moral case for bringing...

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DIVERSITY DEFICIT ROBS TOP FIRMS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, STUDY SHOWS

According to Green Park study, among the 289 executive roles just 10 were held by people from ethnic minorities. Britain’s biggest companies have been warnedthat they are missing out on business opportunities because of the “diversity deficit” at the top of their organisations, where only a handful of senior roles are held by women or ethnic minorities. A new analysis into the 100 top individuals at each of the 100 largest UK companies found that only three of the chairmen (there is only one woman chair in the FTSE 100) were not white, all but five chief executives were white and...

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THE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO EXPOSE SEXUAL ABUSE

When film-maker Anna Hall found out about the exploitation of girls in Telford, she had to bring the evidence to a wider public Anna Hall is nothing if not patient. It was 17 years ago, over a cup of coffee in her adopted home city of Leeds, when she first heard that some British Pakistani men were grooming, raping and trafficking young white girls. She immediately knew she should bring the evidence to a wider public, yet it took three years for the film-maker to win a commission from Channel 4 and many more to make three harrowing documentaries, culminating...