The aim of gender equality in the workplace is to achieve broadly equal opportunities and outcomes for women and men, not necessarily outcomes that are exactly the same for all.
Workplace gender equality will be achieved when people are able to access and enjoy equal rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of gender.
It will require workplaces to provide equal pay for work of equal or comparable value. The removal of barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce. Access to all occupations and industries, including leadership roles, regardless of gender; and the elimination of discrimination on the basis of gender, particularly in relation to family and caring responsibilities.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful and sustainable world. The exclusion of women places half of the world’s population outside the realm of opportunity to partner in building prosperous societies and economies. Equal access to education, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision making processes are not only rights women should have, they benefit humanity at large.
Noha Hefny, the founder of People of Impact, a platform focused on driving inclusive economic growth and development shares how women’s empowerment in the workplace would look like in 2030.