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Supporting men as fathers at home, not just earners at work

Jun 08
Date and time
Tue, 08 June  @  10:30  -  12:00
No charge for members who have opted for champion level advisory support
Webinar United Kingdom
Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers, HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers
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Diversity and inclusion practitioners/managers and HR/people/talent management practitioners/managers
No charge for members who have opted for champion level advisory support

Tue, 08 June 2021  @  10:30  –  12:00


This Gender Champions’ Forum will focus on supporting men and women to share caring responsibilities, a priority outlined in Business in the Community’s (BITC) Route map to a more gender equal future.  

About this Gender Champions’ Forum

Covid has highlighted the way in which women still tend to do the lion’s share of looking after children – with mothers more likely to have ‘plugged the gap’ when schools shut. But the past year has also prompted many men to reassess their work life balance with many wanting more flexible, family friendly working patterns.

Join this event to hear from experts and other employers about the practical steps you can take to support mothers and fathers to combine working life with other responsibilities – and so drive greater gender equality at work and at home.

Guest speakers include:

  • Adrienne Burgess of the Fatherhood Institute, who will share insight from their recent research LOCKDOWN FATHERS: the untold story, and consider how employers can best respond to the uptick in demand for better work life balance from dads.
  • Helen Walker, Director, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Matt Trebilco, VP, Business Planning & Analysis, of  Bain & Co who will together talk through the journey their company went on to becoming one of just 9 UK companies to offer ‘equalised’ parental leave; this will include insight into the hurdles along the way and the impact of their policy. (read more here)

For interest, the Fatherhood Institute and Britain Thinks will be sharing a more details analysis of their findings at this event.

Once we have heard from our speakers (including a Q&A), participants will have the opportunity to join virtual break-out groups to explore in more detail the barriers to sharing more care at work, moderated by one of our expert Inclusion Advisers.

Gender equality and COVID-19

One of the objectives of the gender equality campaign is to ensure women can participate in the workforce on an equal footing with men so UK PLC can benefit from the talent women have to offer. However, women have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and lockdowns¹. For example, women are: 

  • more likely to be taking on extra childcare duties; women did two-thirds additional childcare duties and
    spent more time on unpaid work than men during lockdown
  • more likely to be furloughed than men, either at their own request, because of individual employer’s choices, or as a result of the industries most affected by lockdown.
  • facing increased unemployment compared to men during 2020 (a trend replicated across Europe and North America)
  • experiencing a sharp rise in domestic abuse
  • reducing their use of preventative health care measures e.g. cancer scans
  • experiencing a sharp rise in anxiety and mental health issues.

Read BITC’s recommendations to ensure a more gender equal future in our Route Map to Gender Equality.

This event is by invitation and only open to BITC members who have opted for champion level advisory support. If you think you should have been invited and have not, contact Ellie Jefford, Events Coordinator at BITC.

About Business in the Community’s work on gender
A key objective of BITC’s gender campaign is to accelerate the closure of the gender pay gap. Every year, employers from the private and voluntary sectors and some public bodies with more than 250 employees are required to publish gender pay gap information under Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010.

At BITC, we encourage early and comprehensive reporting as a positive move towards greater equality for women in the workplace. Embracing transparency could enable employers to enhance their corporate reputation, increase their staff’s engagement and attract new talent.

Learn more about BITC’s work on gender, including The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

About BITC’s peer learning forums
BITC’s peer learning forums provide a confidential environment to discuss common issues, good practice and solutions. There will be an emphasis on discussion and sharing experiences.

Contact details and further information
For more information, contact Ellie Jefford, Events Coordinator at BITC.

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology.

Business in the Community is creating a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow

¹ Five ways employers can champion gender equality right now, BITC, January 2021. Available at bitc.org.uk.