Cultural Diversity on Boards | Gender Balance on Boards | Quotas & Targets | Gendered Budget Analysis | Paid Parental Leave | Gender Balance in Global Sport | WGEA & Coalition for Working Women
CULTURAL DIVERSITY ON BOARDS
Women on Boards supports culturally diverse women to access board and leadership roles and has established a Cultural Diversity Committee to progress action on this issue.
GENDER BALANCE on boards
Women on Boards vision since 2006 has been: "To increase the number of women on boards and in leadership roles to achieve a gender balance of 40% women, 40% men and 20% of either, and/or other genders." The percentage of women on boards across multiple sectors has been tracked by us between 2010 and 2020 in our Boardroom Diversity Index. This has now expanded to look at cultural and ethnic diversity within gender. We also make submissions to a range of organisations in relation to the impact of improving the percentage of women on boards.
Quotas & Targets
- Claire Braund 2011 Churchill Fellowship: To investigate the effect of gender quotas on public listed company boards in Norway and the progress of the public policy debate in the UK and France.
Gendered Budget Analysis
WOB supports the independent review of the Federal Budget completed each year by the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) and its 36 subject matter experts. This non-partisan analysis of the Federal Budget makes recommendations across a range of policy areas – workplace relations, health, education, housing, domestic violence, taxation, superannuation and more, as well as some related to machinery of government and data collection. Applying a gender lens to the budget ensures that government economic stimulus is more evenly distributed.
PAID PARENTAL LEAVE
Women on Boards was part of the coalition of women that lobbied for universal Paid Parental Leave, which was introduced at 18 weeks paid at the national minimum wage on 1 January 2011. It defended the scheme against proposed changes under the Abbott Government in 2015 and in 2017 put forward a hybird model to the Government, based on a model of 26 weeks PPL.
GENDER BALANCE IN GLOBAL SPORT
In 2014 Women on Boards authored the inaugural Gender Balance in Global Sport Report, which was subsequently updated in 2016.
WGEA & Coalition for Working Women
Women on Boards has a long history of supporting the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and its forerunner, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace (EOWW). In 2014 Women on Boards formed the 'Coalition for Working Women (CWW)
' in response to the move by the Abbott Government to water down some of the reporting requirements for companies under the WGEA. Members of the CWW were; Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), BPW (Business and Professional Women) Australia, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia), Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA), National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA), National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), Women on Boards (WOB), Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL), YWCA Australia