International Women’s Day and the Jewish Community – Enabling change through Policy and Culture
The JLC and Lead invite Jewish community professionals of all genders to explore how we bring about effective change this International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is ‘Balance for Better’ and we want to spark a robust conversation by probing the policies and culture of our communal organisations. What’s the point of box-ticking policies if they aren’t backed up by office culture. And vice versa, the same is true – a good office culture with no policies in place has limited value.
Office and home dynamics have changed tremendously over recent years and dual-income households are now seen as normal. Has the work space, or indeed society, sufficiently re-calibrated to take into consideration these changes? Have office culture and policy evolved sufficiently in the wake of the #MeToo movement? Are there other ramifications that need exploring?
This conference will explore these issues in detail with workshops and conversations on some of the big issues relevant to women in our community.
Join us on Thursday 7th March 10:00 (for a 10:15 start) – 15:30 in Central London to consider how we can initiate cultural and policy change in our organisations and across our community.
The hot-tub Kiddush-club phenomenon 10:15 – 11:45
A recent article from a Jewish media outlet described a scenario at a conference where a series of decisions for a company were taken during an after-hours, male only spa session. The next day, a female colleague found herself shut out from a number of processes and decisions because she had missed the ‘conversation in the hot-tub’. Similar scenarios are played out in arenas such kiddush clubs and golf courses. This panel/workshop will explore the idea of the male-only space, and begin to explore the challenges this presents not just for the individuals who are shut out but for the organisation as a whole.
Care-giving: Whose responsibility is it? 12:00 – 13:30
Care-giving has traditionally been seen as a woman’s role, but there has been a move by the government in recent years to promote change through initiatives such as shared-parental leave. Challenges of flexible working arrangements, understanding bosses and better work-life balance are just some of the things that care-givers have to contend with. This panel/workshop will look at the classic dichotomy between policy and culture, and how we move care-giving beyond being a women’s issue. It will begin to explore how workplaces in the Jewish community can support alternative arrangements.
#MeToo (in association with Jewish Women’s Aid) 14:00 – 15:30
The #MeToo movement has changed the debate on sexual harassment and re-ignited the conversation around rape, consent and sexism. The Jewish community is not immune from experiences of sexual harassment or sexism in the workplace. We invite Jewish Women’s Aid to lead a discussion on what this means for our community, its leadership and organisations, especially with respect to the implementation of specific policies and office culture.
If there are others in your organisation who should know about the event, please do pass on the details.
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