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What would the industry look like if the Women’s Jewellery Network was not needed?

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The Women’s Jewellery Network teamed up with The Jewellery Cut to host a big conversation on some of the industry’s hottest topics this September.

Looking a three taboo topics, the conversations were facilitated by WJN managing director Victoria McKay and communications director Nyasha Pitt.

The outputs from the day have now been collated and decoded, with a detailed overview on the insights now available on the WJN website.

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Here, we present the findings from the question: “What would the world look like if the Women’s Jewellery Network was not needed?

WJN writes…

Not to do ourselves out of a job, we wondered what the end game would be?

Vision is everything, so we asked participants to paint us a picture of what the world would look like if there was true gender equality.

Participants believed that true gender equality would result in:

–        Gender representation and equal pay across all organisational levels

–        Equality of opportunity; increased mutual respect; diversity of employee

–        Intersectional female / male diversity; ethical approach to employment

–        Greater ideation; increased emotional intelligence; increased productivity

–        Flexible working for all; increased paternity leave; improved access to education / healthcare; better work/life balance for all;

–        Change to communities; increase in stay-at-home fathers; positive community dynamic changes; improved childcare

Very interesting to note the holistic view that both groups took; they both defined a lot of detail around employment policy that directly affects women, their perception within the workplace and their career progression. From equal pay to maternity, both groups could clearly outline the benefits of truly egalitarian policies for society.

And encouragingly, there was a lot of discussion around the benefits to men, families and the wider population, if workplaces introduced more ethical, equal policy changes including increased paternity pay and leave. There were also thoughts shared on the possible change to dynamics; in family structures and therefore communities, if more fathers stayed at home or worked part time in order to share childcare responsibilities.

According to the World Bank, there is a an extremely compelling business case for this utopia; its 2019 Women, Business and the Law report stated that the global economy could be enriched by approximately $160 trillion (£120tn) if women earned as much as men.

There are only six countries in the world with gender pay equality:
Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden.

Workplaces and the world would benefit from gender parity according to participants discussing the different gender approaches, nuances and stereotypes. They discussed the interplay between more balanced, diverse workforces and improved global socio-economics and dynamics.

The benefits of gender parity in all things at work inextricably converging with other aspects of life; a theme supported by the UN, which lists Gender Equality as number five of its 17 strategic sustainable development goals stating: Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

We would agree with that too.

To read more of the outcome from the debates attended by 30+ candidates, visit the WJN website HERE.

Tags : flexible working hoursgender equalitymaternity leavepaternity leaveWJNWomen's Jewellery Network
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