After launching the Un_Biased research project on International Women’s Day 2022, the Central District Alliance hosted conversations, workshops and drop-in events with members of the local business community.
Employers are getting better at offering flexible working but I still think there is work to do. Employers need to offer flexible working patterns to support childcare, such as school pick ups etc. This would improve productivity and morale.
I have benefitted from female mentors who have made me feel less ‘alone’ and have helped me recognise that the strengths I bring are different to the men I have worked with, and in some cases more valuable. I needed this support and confidence to be able to be myself and thrive.
These conversations were invaluable in shaping Un_Biased and helping Central District Alliance to identify a series of recommendations that directly respond to the most pressing challenges and barriers to economic participation that women face in the BID footprint.