Category: GENDER DIVERSITY

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DAVIES INQUIRY MAY SET FTSE 250 FIRMS TARGETS FOR LEVEL OF WOMEN DIRECTORS

Lord Davies’s inquiry into male dominance in boardrooms is preparing to extend its remit by setting female hiring targets for companies outside the FTSE 100. Peer’s inquiry prepares to advise on female hiring rates as it notes 94 listed companies with all-male boardrooms The former trade minister has asked his advisers to prepare research in preparation for recommending that FTSE 250 businesses should work towards a minimum level of female representation on their boards. The peer’s 2011 report only backed targets for the UK’s 100 largest public companies. Prof Susan Vinnicombe, a member of the inquiry’s steering committee, said: “[Davies] has...

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DO WOMEN REALLY PAY MORE FOR SERVICES THAN MEN?

When I go to the hairdresser’s, I rarely walk away with change from £100; when my boyfriend goes, he is done and dusted for £30. I had never wondered about this disparity before but US Marie Claire has turned it into a campaign with a piece claiming that women in the US pay more than men for a huge range of goods and servicesincluding home mortgages, health insurance, and cars and car repairs… “not to mention everyday items like deodorant and disposable razors”. So is it true in the UK too? First, I contacted hair salons: it might be fair...

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THE WOMEN WHO RIOTED

The dominant images of the August riots were of angry men, but the interviews by “Reading the Riots” (a partnership which include the Guardian newspaper and the London School of Economics) suggest females were a significant presence… On the third night of riots, two 20-year-old women made their way from Brixton to Peckham, egged on by friends and pings on their BlackBerrys. Once there, they saw an abandoned police car. Within minutes a petrol bomb was sailing through its window. “One of my friends … just said: ‘Let’s fuck it up,’ because there was no one there, there was nothing...

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COMMONS DIVERSITY MEASURES URGED

Parliamentary candidates should have a legal right to time off work to campaign, and parties should offer bursaries to would-be MPs from poorer backgrounds, a think tank says. The Institute for Government said Westminster was “overwhelmingly white, male and middle-class”. Just one fifth of MPs are women, and 27 out of 650 are from ethnic minorities. The cost and time involved could deter “candidates from non-traditional backgrounds”, the organisation said. The report acknowledged parties’ past diversity efforts, including all-women shortlists by Labour and the Conservatives’ “A-list” of approved candidates. But the Institute for Government argued that improved selection methods were...

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THE INFERIOR SEX?

Mary Wollstonecraft, a staunch pioneer of women’s liberation, fought against the exploitation and subordination of womem by men. Has her fight now been won? In 1792 Mary Wollstonecraft published her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. It was not a well-received work, and many people at the time thought her book had dropped from the press as a silent and still-born child, a lamentable thing to be swiftly buried and forgotten. But Mary’s brainchild was not destined to be buried and forgotten, and even today her words still resonate with revolutionary inspiration and power. What flows from Mary’s...

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: A TIME FOR CELEBRATION MIXED WITH REALISM

Women can celebrate a century of impressive achievements, but many inequities remain – and we need political commitment and adequate funding to combat them… As the 100th International Women’s Day rolls around, it is time for celebration mixed with realism. We can celebrate a century of impressive economic, political and social achievements by and for women since 1911, but we must be realistic about the many inequities that remain. We can celebrate the launch of UN Women, the UN body for gender equality and the empowerment of women, which we hope will be armed with $40bn pledged for the health...

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2011 THEME

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. THEME: So while many people may think there is one global theme each year, this is not always correct. It is completely up to each country and group as to what appropriate theme they select. Below are some of the global United Nation themes...

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FTSE 100 GENDER QUOTAS

Let’s remind ourselves of the context here: The Cranfield school of Management in its report published last year revealed that just 3 women joined FTSE 100 boards in 2010 bringing the total female board membership to 12.5 percent Norway, the first country to introduce quotas in response to female under-representation on boards of large companies saw a rise from 6% to 44% between 2002 and 2008. France, Finland, Germany and Sweden have all either set similar recommended quotas, or have legislation pending that would ensure they did. A report by the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management), based on interviews...

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THE CASE FOR STRONG AND DIVERSE LEADERSHIP TEAMS

The North West Women and Work Task Force has recently published its findings on the position of women leadership in the North West of England. The North West Women and Work Task Force was set up by the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and 4 North West (4NW) to investigate the barriers to women achieving higher levels of leadership positions across all sectors in the North West of England. Over a six month period the Task Force set out to understand the current position; to examine the economic case for greater diversity at senior leadership levels and to identify...

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ANDY GRAY SACKED FROM SKY SPORTS FOR SEXIST COMMENTS

The Sky Sports football pundit is fired for ‘unacceptable and offensive behaviour’ after new footage emerges… The Sky Sports football pundit Andy Gray has been fired for “unacceptable and offensive behaviour” amid the furore over his comments about a female assistant referee and new footage of him making sexist comments and gestures towards a female co-presenter. Gray, a key component of Sky’s Premier League coverage for almost two decades, was initially suspended along with the anchor, Richard Keys, yesterday after a Sunday newspaper published a transcript of the pair discussing the female official Sian Massey during the match between Wolves...