Arinex sees conferences closing the gender gap

Gender quotas, parent-friendly conferences and supporting women’s charities are some of the ways Arinex and its clients are helping support women in the workplace.

The events management company has been working with several associations ahead of International Women’s Day, to empower women in their industries through their conferences.

It comes after the National Association for Women in Construction re-signed Arinex to produce its annual awards dinner for the seventh time running.

The Dietitians Association of Australia has introduced a parent room at its national Conference and plans to enhance that offer by launching a creche at the next meeting in August this year.

IEEE International Conference on Radar helped to address the disproportionate number of male engineers by hosting a ‘women and young engineers’ panel session, while also attaining a 50-50 split of women and male keynote speakers.

The Joint International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and Statistical Society of Australia (ISCB ASC) were also committed to ensuring a broad representation of statisticians at their conference.

“To help ensure that women were well represented at the conference, the Scientific Programme Committee invited an equal number of male and female keynote speakers,” said ISCB ASC Chair Katherine Lee.

“A parent friendly room was introduced as well as a Code of Conduct, explicitly stating sexual and other forms of harassment or discrimination would not be tolerated. These initiatives ensure a safe and respectful conference environment for all attendees.”

Arinex chair and founder Roslyn McLeod said women make up 80 per cent of its employees including over half of its senior management team.

“We have ways of doing that internally, such as flexible workplace agreements for mothers returning to work, but we’re proud to also work with our clients to support women in their industries,” she said.