Men Make a Difference: Engaging Men on Gender Equality [in the workplace]
Initiatives aimed at ‘engaging men’ to address gender inequality have gained popularity in recent years. But how much do we really know about the most effective ways to engage men in gender equality?
In partnership with Dr Graeme Russell and Dr Michael Flood, two of Australia’s leading researchers in diversity and inclusion, DCA has released a new report, Men Make a Difference: Engaging Men on Gender Equality. The report examines the evidence for what works and what doesn’t, and recommends more effective ways to engage men to achieve gender equality at work.
Lisa Annese, DCA’s CEO, said men can play a crucial role in addressing gender inequality.
“Despite gains in recent years, gender inequality at work is still a major issue – you only have to look at the gender pay gap, the high incidence of pregnancy discrimination and the lack of women in positions of leaderships to see that.
“While engaging men is not a ‘magic bullet’, men are part of the problem of inequality so they need to be part of the solution. We have to find more effective ways to encourage men to work in partnership with women to create the necessary change. Importantly, men need to understand they will benefit from equality as well as women,” said Lisa.
Chris Sutherland, Managing Director of Programmed that sponsored report, said it is important research that contributes to the conversation about gender equality.
“At Programmed, we’re committed to the pursuit of gender equity in pay and jobs across leadership, operations and trades roles. A purposeful approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to gain broader perspectives and insights to better serve our customers.
“We seek to drive change not only within our organisation, but the wider community. To achieve gender equality, we need to engage men and women as active and equal partners,” said Chris.
Key report findings:
Gender inequalities are built into the systems and structures of our workplaces:
Gender inequalities are also carried out by men and women at work:
The most effective ways to engage men on gender equality at work:
Download the synopsis (summary) and infographic for the report here: https://www.dca.org.au/research/project/engaging-men-gender-equality
Or contact DCA for the members-only full report.
Diversity Council Australia is the independent, non-profit workplace diversity advisor to more than 400 organisations across the private and public sector – many of whom are among Australia’s largest and leading diversity employers. Our member organisations are estimated to employ more than one million Australians, representing around 10% of the Australian workforce.