‘Women are a bit of a minority’: CBC’s Sarah Koo talks about diversity in the workplace
“Women are more likely than men to be on the receiving end of sexual harassment or violence in the work place.
I mean, this is a big issue,” said Sarah Kool, executive director of the Women’s Institute, which advocates for women in the workforce.
“We have more male and female managers than women in this country.
We have more female managers in this organization than male and male executives.
We’re a bit more likely to have our own problems with sexism, and we’re more likely [to] have those problems in our own workplaces.”
While some of the problems cited by the institute include sexual harassment and workplace violence, Kool said that the majority of the harassment complaints against her organization are directed at women and that the company is doing a lot to address it.
Kool believes there’s a lack of trust in the company from women.
“I think women feel like they have to be a little bit more aggressive, a little more aggressive in our workplace to feel respected,” she said.
“And that’s not really the case.
Women are more willing to speak up for themselves, and the fact that the CEO of a company is an adult and has to be accountable for what he or she does is not going to change that.”
“You need to be careful, it’s not that easy.
You have to do it on your own, and you have to make sure that you’re not giving people the false sense that they’re getting all this power.”
In the past year, the company has instituted new gender-specific policies, and its leadership team has been made to participate in mentoring programs.
In response, some of its female employees have launched online campaigns.
“There’s been a lot of attention paid to how women are treated in the media,” Kool noted.
“But the real stories that we see are of the kinds of experiences that they face in their own workplaces, and how they feel when they get fired for it.
We need to really be talking about it.” “
This is a pretty big issue that affects a lot more women than men, and it’s something that needs to be talked about more.
We need to really be talking about it.”
Kool also noted that while there’s been some progress in the past two years in tackling the issue, there is still a lot that needs work.
“What we really need to do is have a lot bigger conversations around what sexism is and what it’s meant for our workplaces,” she explained.
“When I was younger, we would say, ‘Women aren’t going to be able to do this, because they’re men, they’re not smart, they can’t handle their emotions, they need help, they don’t have the same skills that men have.'”
But she said that’s just not the case anymore.
The Institute has also received several complaints from female employees about inappropriate behaviour, but Kool and other women’s advocates say that there is no clear, universal solution to the issue. “
So we need the same level of support for women that we had for men when we were younger.”
The Institute has also received several complaints from female employees about inappropriate behaviour, but Kool and other women’s advocates say that there is no clear, universal solution to the issue.
“The one thing we can all agree on is that we have a problem,” said Koo.
“That’s what we’re seeing in our workplaces, that’s what people are seeing in their communities.
That’s not going the way I would have done it if I was in that situation.’ “
You’re not going, ‘Oh, this woman is being harassed, I’m going to call the police.
That’s not going the way I would have done it if I was in that situation.’
You’re going to have to have a conversation about that, but you’re going have to find that balance.”