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GECO EU Gender Equality Toolbox = Testing = November/December 2011. Di Barber, Senior Consultant UKRC www.theukrc.org . www.gender-competence.eu. Testing the toolbox - Questions. http://gender-competence.eu/en/toolbox2/ps Navigation of the website – structure – layout – clarity

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geco eu gender equality toolbox testing november december 2011

GECO EU Gender Equality Toolbox= Testing = November/December 2011

Di Barber, Senior Consultant

UKRC

www.theukrc.org

www.gender-competence.eu

testing the toolbox questions
Testing the toolbox - Questions

http://gender-competence.eu/en/toolbox2/ps

  • Navigation of the website – structure – layout – clarity
  • Information in each case study – Concise? Relevant?
  • Topics – Any particularly relevant? irrelevant? Gaps?
  • Any practice you spot at this stage that is transferable?
  • What other tools might you need to implement similar practices?
  • How might you use this toolkit Sept 2012 plus?
  • Do you have any concrete best practice, with that could make an additional case study on similar topics?
geco purpose target audience
GECO Purpose & Target Audience

Advancing Gender Equality Competency

Types of organisation in mind:

  • Industry – mostly large corporates but some SMEs
  • Universities and research institutions

Types of professional in mind:

  • Those who have reached or are approaching the state of the art and are looking for new learning and innovation from their peers.
  • Workforce management staff (e.g., HR, Talent Management) or those involved in research, teaching and operations who want to advance gender equality within their organisation
geco partners
GECO Partners
  • Social Research Centre ,Central Scientific Institute, Technische University Dortmund, GERMANY (Lead partner)
  • TechnischeUniversity Berlin, GERMANY
  • Austrian Society for Environment & Technology (ÖGUT), AUSTRIA
  • Social Innovation Fund (SIF), Coalition for gender equality, LITHUANIA
  • Gender Studies, ops, CZECH REPUBLIC
  • ALBA Graduate Business School , GREECE
  • UKRC, The lead body on gender equality in science, engineering & technology (Bradford College), UK
geco milestones and outputs
GECO Milestones and Outputs

Key Milestones:

  • Online survey of industry & higher education/research institutions across the EU Regions, to identify key issues for the case study topics, May 2011
  • State of the Art Report, April 2011
  • Web platform with case studies, Nov 2011
  • Pilot Seminars with target audience to review draft toolbox, Dec 2011
  • National Network meetings with target audience, to deepen their understanding of Toolbox content, April 2012
  • Regular dissemination throughout (Newsletter)

Outputs:

  • Open access Online Toolbox in September 2011 with:
    • State of the Art Report, plus summary slides for each EU Region
    • Film (TUDO)
    • Up to 75 case studies describing concrete example and change processes relevant to the issues identified by the target audience
survey feedback summary topics of interest
Survey Feedback – Summary Topics of Interest
  • Attracting female graduates and apprentices
  • Flexible working – how to engage management – how to implement
  • Women into management/senior roles – how to engage leaders/management – how to support the women
  • Engaging leaders – getting buy-in – keeping buy-in
  • Programmes for parents during and after maternity/paternity break
  • Career development that accommodates career breaks
  • Providing childcare support
  • Gender neutral aptitude tests
  • Implementing mentoring programmes
  • Implementing quotas
  • Equal pay reviews
  • Effective equality training
state of the art on policy legislation
State of the Art on Policy & Legislation

Austria

- Quota: 40% women on university boards; proposed for female business leaders

- GE criteria: for research funding applications (Industrial Research)

- Gov agenda: mainstreaming

Germany

- Quota: proposed for female business leaders

- GE criteria: for research funding applications

- Equality duties: public sector incl HEI

- Gov agenda:mainstreaming; family friendly policies

Czech Republic & Greece – none of these

Lithuania

- Gov agenda: Mentoring for women on the agenda of Ministry of Education and Science

UK

- Quota: Voluntary quota for female business leaders

- GE criteria: REF criteria for equality & points for maternity leave

- Equality duties: public sector (incl HEI) shifted from prescribed process to outcome

- Gov agenda: mainstreaming;flexible working; voluntary pay gap reports; increasing proportion of female business leaders; different specific duties NI, Wales, Scotland

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State of the Art – higher level regulation in UK?

UK Equality Act 2010

  • Public sector equality duty extended to ‘protected characteristics’. Sex, transgender, race, disability, age, religion & belief, sexual orientation, marriage & civil partnerships, pregnancy & maternity
  • NOT socio-eco disadvantage
  • S155 – pay ‘due regard’ to advanceequality of opportunity, eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and foster good relations between different groups.discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and foster good relations between different groups.
  • S159 - ‘positive action’ now includes discrimination in favour of under-represented groups in recruitment & selection
  • Government says focus on outcomes not process
  • Definitions of discrimination & burden of proof harmonised
  • Clarified: "Associative discrimination" and "perceptive discrimination“
  • Different types of regulation (“specific duties”) depending on type of organisation and whether NI, Wales, Scotland or England.
  • Clarified: equal-pay claimant can compare their work to someone doing a different job, as long as it is work of equal value
  • Micro-businesses& start-ups exempt for three years from 1 April 2011
  • Voluntary equal pay reviews being piloted by Government Equality Office
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