Want Gender Equality?
Conduct a Gender Audit
Lots of employers talk the talk when it comes to gender equality. But how many walk the walk? Plenty of women’s experiences – and studies – would suggest that true gender equity is all too rare. For those organizations that truly want to move the needle on gender issues in the workplace, there is a valuable tool available: a Gender Audit.
A Gender Audit is both a tool and an approach to assess an organization’s progress toward achieving gender equality. The Audit involves evaluating everything from whether an organization possesses the necessary technical capacity to implement practical changes to the impact of organizational culture.
Why are Gender Audits important?
Gender equality is a human right, but a gender-equal workplace also contributes to an organization’s bottom line. Research demonstrates that organizations with higher levels of gender equity perform better and experience less sexual misconduct. They tend to be more effective at leveraging collective intelligence, ensuring balanced perspectives, identifying barriers to women’s empowerment, and fostering inclusion and diversity of thought so that problems can be solved as a team. Really, what’s not to love?
The GameChangers 360 approach
Traditionally, findings from a Gender Audit are addressed by creating a gender equality policy, devising an organizational structure to support it, and developing enforcement mechanisms. But the traditional method gets things backward by prioritizing processes over people, who are both the cause of gender inequality and the solution.
The Game-Changing method flips this on its head, putting people at the center. First, a diverse group of stakeholders and experts is brought together in human-centered design sessions to explore organizational context, learn about relevant research and case studies, and consider practical, yet innovative, activities. Audit findings are then examined with an eye toward refining “gender equality” activities. Perhaps most importantly, by using a human-centered design approach, our clients continue to learn, experiment, and improve to maintain progress.
Ready to learn more? Read on to take an even deeper dive into the whys and what-fors of Gender Equality and Gender Audits.