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Gender balance in Irish organisations remains a key issue

Gender balance in Irish organisations remains a key issue

Pictured at the BT Better Together lunch as part of BT Diversity Week is Shay Walsh, MD, BT Ireland, Clare Balding, Lilyanne Bridegman, age 9; Jake Church, age 10, Janiele Cocamas , age 11; Pharell Evenor, Clontarf, age 8.

BT diversity event reveals that 54% of attendees feel that Irish organisations are not doing enough to encourage a more diverse workforce

A poll taken at a recent gender equality event in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin revealed that people believe that there is still a long way to go to address the gender balance issue across Irish organisations.

The event, organised by BT Ireland as part of BT Diversity Week, and in association with Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT), welcomed over 300 delegates from across the private and public sector on May 31st Delegates were asked if they felt that Irish organisations were doing enough to encourage more diverse workforces and 54% reported that they did not believe this was the case.

Headlining the event was BAFTA award winning broadcaster and author Clare Balding, who has long championed greater representation for women in sport and who is a passionate advocate of greater gender balance in all professions. Commenting on her experience as a woman forging a career in a largely male dominated environment Clare highlighted the importance of collaboration and men and women working together to address gender imbalance. She said “I am a big believer in confidence and that by working together, both men and women, we can help each other become more confident and achieve more in our careers and in our personal lives.”

BT Ireland’s managing director Shay Walsh, said, Diverse and inclusive organisations get better business results. Diversity of perspectives can make companies more innovative and creative, and an inclusive culture can help organisations be a great place to work for everyone, regardless of their backgrounds. Conscious and unconscious biases within organisations means that there are hugely talented candidates that are being sifted out of the recruitment process, and we must address this so equal opportunities are available to all.

BT Ireland’s Diversity Week, which ran from 29th May – 2nd June, was a series of events aimed at tackling a wide variety of topics ranging from LGBT equality, greater employment for people with disabilities, gender diversity, ethnic diversity, health and well-being, and how to better support employees who are caring for family members.

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