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April 2019

In celebrating ANZAC Day last week, we largely focuses on the bravery of the soldiers on the front line, the men who risked life and limb, and the thousands that died at Gallipoli in 1915. 

Behind the legend, there were also many women who made enormous contributions to our battle in the First World War.

At home women also made a significant contribution"Women’s contribution to the workforce rose from 24 per cent of the total in 1914 to 37 per cent in 1918, but the increase tended to be in what were already traditional areas of women’s work - in the clothing and footwear, food and printing sectors. There was some increase also in the clerical, shop assistant and teaching areas. Unions were unwilling to let women join the workforce in greater numbers in traditional male areas as they feared that this would lower wages".
Sectors dominated by women such as childcare, education and health continue to have comparatively lower pay rates. Would attracting more men to these sectors improve pay and conditions?
Cartoon from 'The Worker' 10 February 1916. The cartoon depicts a situation in which a returned soldier is being rejected for employment because the business is able to pay lower wages for females.

CEO Conversation

Paul Everingham, CEO at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA talks the business case and what works and what doesn't for gender equity within the workplace.

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CEO Roundtable hosted by Hon. Minister McGurk


We are delighted to announce that the Hon. Simone McGurk, Minister for Women's interests; prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Child Protection; Community Services will be the host of one of our upcoming CEO Roundtables next month alongside Graham Kerr, Chair of CGE. 
 
The CEO Roundtable is being held to discuss the prevention of family and domestic violence (FDV) in WA to acknowledge the work of our CEOs (75% of CGE members have a FDV strategy in place) and 
discuss ways that we can increase the uptake of FDV strategies in the workplace.

We still have a long way to go:
  • WA has the second highest rate of reported physical and sexual violence perpetrated against women
  • The number of sexual harassment complaints received by WA's Equal Opportunity Commission doubled in the past year; 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are nearly 11 times more likely to die due to assault than non-Indigenous women
  • Every week in Australia, at least one woman is killed by a current or former partner; and
  • The total annual cost of violence against women and their children in Western Australia was estimated to be $2.8 billion in 2015-16.

Hale House | May 30 |1300-1430
If you are a CEO for Gender Equity, please RSVP to Tania Cecconi by May 10, spaces are limited
 
RSVP here

CEOs convene at UN Rountable to discuss barriers to progress in gender equity

On March 14, 2019 directly before the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Principles Forum, the UN Global Compact and Male Champions of Change held a CEO Roundtable on Gender Equality to understand and identify ways to address backlash and resistance to progress on gender equality.

The event brought together business leaders from over 20 global organisations.
#equalitymeansbusiness 

We want to acknowledge all the work being done by our members and other innovative organisations without forgetting that we still have a long way to go in turning the dial in WA.
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Data Snapshot
Take a look at how CGE companies compare to WA and Australia 

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Upcoming Events

 

Deep Dive | Establishing the Baseline
WISE | May 8 | 0930-1100

Register Here
 

CEO Roundtable
Tronox I May 15 I 0730-0900

By invitation only, hosted by Russel Austin, managing director
 


CEO Roundtable
Hale House | May 30 | 1300-1430

By invitation only, hosted by Hon. Minister McGurk, Graham Kerr CGE Chair

 
CEO Roundtable
KPMG | June 12 | 0730-0900

By invitation only, hosted by Gary Smith, managing partner and Matt Woods, managing partner-elect

 

Do you know a CEO that should join CEOs for Gender Equity?
Our goal is to recruit 125 CEOs by 2021 to help us achieve our vision.

We want to boost women’s workforce participation, lift productivity and increase economic growth by sustainably improving gender equity in jobs and pay across Western Australian enterprises.

You can help by introducing a CEO to CEOs for Gender Equity.

If you know a CEO who would like to attend a CEO Roundtable, please contact executive officer of CGE Tania Cecconi, email tania@ceosforgenderequity.com.au
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