The Tertiary Education Union has launched a new toolkit to tackle the problems holding back so many wāhine in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Launched on International Women’s Day, the Gender Equity Toolkit will help people question unconscious bias in their workplace, to raise awareness of the disparities around them, and to support people in negotiating changes to employment agreements that will help address the gender pay imbalance and improve workplace conditions for women.
Gender inequity in the work place can have a devastating impact on women as they progress through their careers, especially women of colour and those with disabilities.
This is seen most starkly in the gender pay imbalance, but also manifests itself in the low number of women represented at senior levels, a lack of voice in work place decisions, or employment conditions that implicitly discriminate against women.
“Overcoming these problems is only possible if we identify the factors that contribute to gender inequity in the workplace, and put in place practices and procedures to mitigate their potential effects,” Cat Pausé, Vice-President of the Tertiary Education Union, said.
The Gender Equity Toolkit is designed to do just this. It will support people to take bigger and bigger steps to achieve more flexible workplaces, better pay, and more opportunities for women.
“Women have never been in a stronger position to lead, change and shape the future of Aotearoa. However, we cannot think of our workplaces as modern until every woman has pay and conditions that fully reflects their skill and talent. Our toolkit will make a big contribution to achieving this and help people work together to bring about gender equity for all wāhine,” Pausé added.
The launch will be celebrated at events taking place today at tertiary education institutions around the country. While much of the toolkit is directed at the tertiary education sector, many of the resources available are easily adaptable for other sectors.
Other events are also taking place all over New Zealand to celebrate International Women’s Day:
- On Thursday from 2:00 to 3:30 at Te Papa a panel of awesome women lead a discussion about Whakatū Wāhine – forging our future and heralding our history for our first official event http://women.govt.nz/whakatuwahine. For those that you can’t attend this will be livestreamed by RNZ on their Facebook page – post questions online and we may be able ask the panel these.
- On Thursday there are a number of events and activities to mark International Women’s Day including: a breakfast hosted by UN Women and Zonta at Parliament (this is being livestreamed) and replayed at lunchtime at National Library; Minister for Women and Under-Secretary for Domestic and Sexual Violence will be visiting the He Tohu exhibition; and possibly other Government announcements.
- On Friday the Minister for Women leaves New Zealand to lead the Government delegation at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York. This is an annual event in which countries give a national statement on their progress for women. This year the theme is rural women.