100 Days for Change
Hi, I’m Tracy Spicer and welcome to the official launch of 100 Days for Change. 100 Days for Change is an action-oriented grassroots initiative that will catalyse individuals and organisations into making achievable change to increase gender equity in their workplace. As Australia flounders in 35th place on the global gender gap report it’s becoming clear that high-level policy change through government and big business isn’t happening fast enough. Women & Leadership Australia believes this is a critical economic and social challenge that affects all Australians. The time for action is now. It’s up to each and every one of us to take accountability for our part in creating gender equity. The 100 Days for Change will commence on the 1st of July and conclude on the 8th of October. During this period will be working with individuals and organisations across the country to help them make practical and achievable changes. The objective of the 100 Days for Change initiative is to catalyse people into making achievable practical changes to improve gender equity. In the lead-up to and during the 100 Days for Change we’ll be asking individuals and organisations to announce and celebrate the changes they’re making to demonstrate Australia’s appetite for change. It’s our hope that through the visibility of this initiative government agencies and big business are further swayed towards making widespread change. There are heaps of ways to get involved as an individual or organisation. All positive and practical change is good and change doesn’t need to be on a grand scale to be important. It could be anything from offering to mentor an aspiring female leader to hosting a networking function for women in your organisation or industry. If everyone commits to making a change the overall impact will be significant. It’s easy to fall into the mindset that change can only really happen at a state or national level. But there’s so much that can be done by individual organisations. There are many important changes your organisation could make, like creating a mentoring program for up-and-coming female leaders, offering flexible working opportunities for all staff or providing childcare facilities. We encourage all organisations to make change and together we can create a big impact within our society. Women & Leadership Australia is a national initiative committed to supporting the increased presence of women in business and community leadership roles. We believe that women represent an enormously under-utilised national resource. Through supporting a greater percentage of talented women to step up into leadership positions tremendous cultural and economic benefits will follow. To find out loads of ways you and your organisation can get involved in 100 Days for Change, visit 100daysforchange.com.au And remember that regardless of what you decide to do, make sure you let everyone know by using the hashtag #100daysforchange Your change will help inspire others. 100 Days for Change. What change will you make?