Women in Male-Dominated Industries: A Toolkit of Strategies

10 December 2013

The Women in Male Dominated Industries Toolkit of Strategies offers a range of ways to recruit, retain and support women.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has just launched the Women in Male-Dominated Industries Toolkit, which provides suggestions and examples of workplace strategies in four areas: attraction, recruitment, retention and development of women. It identifies construction as one of three areas of specific interest (along with mining and utilities) and has an interactive component, which allows readers to provide feedback and suggestions.

At the launch, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick pointed out that closing the gap on men’s and women’s employment rates could increase GDP by 11%. Related new research from the Australian School of Business shows strong links between effective work-family support practices and a range of positive business outcomes.

NAWIC has also recently released its report What Women Want in a Construction Career, which also includes recommendations for employers.

There is an enormous amount of discussion about gender and architecture at the moment, and extended discussion about the problems – business and otherwise – that arise from the profession’s lack of diversity.

This item was first published in ACA Communique, June 2013.

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