Women in Cenitex
Women make up over 50% of the wider workforce but less than 20% of the total IT and tech workforce
At Cenitex, we are tracking a bit higher at 21% but we know we can do much better. This is why we have the Women in Cenitex Forum. The Forum is committed to building the diversity of our organisation through affirmative action programs and opportunities that support the career growth of our female staff, and giving them a voice.
Meet our women leaders
Our industry’s average workforce of 20% women drops even further for senior roles. But we are proud to say that we are kicking goals with our Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team, with 50% of them women.
Meet our women leaders and hear about their leadership journey and their thoughts on empowering women and creating a more equitable world for all of us.
Closing the gender gap - why workforce equality is important
“There is a clear values-based case for promoting gender parity: women are one-half of the world’s population and evidently deserve equal access to health, education, economic participation and earning potential, and political decision-making power. However, it is pertinent to note that gender parity is equally fundamental to whether and how societies thrive. Ensuring the healthy development and appropriate use of half of the world’s total talent pool has a vast bearing on the growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies and businesses worldwide.”
2016 Global Gender Gap Report
The 2016 Global Gender Gap report talks about gender equality as not just being a fundamental human right but making good business sense, and closely linked to a country’s overall performance.
The Victorian Government acknowledges in their ‘Safe and Strong Gender Equality Strategy’ that gender equality is essential to economic prosperity and that the economic costs of inequality are significant.
Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) contribute around 25% to Australia’s economic activity but women only make up 16% of those with STEM qualifications (Male Champions of Change in STEM) further entrenching gender inequality.
Our own Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, due to be published in 2018, is a big leap in the right direction and is closely aligned with the government’s gender equality strategy, and vision that all Victorians live in a safe and equal society, have access to equal power, resources and opportunities, and are treated with dignity, respect and fairness.
What is the Women in Cenitex Forum
Initiatives include networking and professional development events, activities that raise the awareness of the importance of gender equality in the workforce, flexible working arrangements and support networks across the organisation so women can share, learn from, and encourage each other.
Women in CenIitex expands the conversation beyond topics such as pay parity and addresses broader and more complex social issues, such as the compromise women still make when juggling career with parental responsibilities, and the enduring and widely-held perception that ICT is a 'no go' area for girls.
Engaging men in gender equality
Achieving real, systemic and sustained change, needs to have women involved and driving the change alongside men. Cenitex Chief Executive, Michael Vanderheide is leading the charge to ensure that culture and gender diversity is completely embedded in our culture, attitudes and importantly, policies.
Women in Cenitex is open to men as well and we warmly welcome all men who are committed to diversity to come and work alongside us to develop and equitable and inclusive workplace.
"Some of the barriers to higher participation of women in traditionally male-dominated industries like ICT are a non-inclusive culture, lack of awareness of the opportunities and career paths open to them, and the support and flexibility to help them achieve a fulfilling career whilst balancing other responsibilities.
Cenitex is working hard to ensure a career with us is equally appealing to men and women by creating a positive work culture, gender diverse policies and flexible work practices. We are making sure that our female staff, and women who are interested in a career in ICT are aware of what roles are available at Cenitex - and that they know our recruitment policies are equitable and based on skills and talent.”
- Michael Vanderheide, Chief Executive, Cenitex