In addition to the Panel Parity Pledge, each Gender Champion makes two individual annual commitments specific to moving gender equality forward in their organization.
Conduct a workshop to assess levels of awareness and perceptions in relation to gender equality with a particular emphasis on balancing work-life/family processes.
To offer 2 months of paid family leave to all employees in our organization, in addition to the statutory requirements.
Promote work-family life balance through: 1) Early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and 2) Avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.
In order to allow women and men to spend less time getting to and from work, thus creating a better work life balance FEI staff members (full-time & part-time) will be allowed to work one day a week from home.
Ensure a healthy work-life balance for all employees, both women and men, by investing in technologies and a working culture that facilitates working from home.
I will actively support staff working at my Mission, both men and women, to pursue excellence in their careers as well as to play an active role in their families (in all their forms). This will include: avoiding scheduling meetings outside of core working hours; providing adequate equipment and support to staff to enable them to work remotely when needed; participate actively in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade working groups during 2018 exploring better recognition of the contemporary family in our Ministry’s posting policies.
Maintain gender balance in my Branch tapping into both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, coaching arrangements and work-life balance for women, parents or other situations that require new work methodologies; producing an aggregate of results in the implementation of this goal.
Within my Embassy create and support flexible working hours to balance our professional and personal lives. To share our work/life practice with our Ministry colleagues after a six month implementation period.