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Building strong foundations.

Authors
  • Smith, S
  • Birch, I
Type
Published Article
Journal
Links : a newsletter on gender for Oxfam GB staff and partners
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1998
Pages
6–7
Identifiers
PMID: 12321575
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 1997 study evaluated the quantitative, publicly available, and regularly reported data continuously collected by Oxfam to determine whether there have been changes in the diversity of employees over the past 3 years, whether the data collection met the needs of managers trying to implement the gender policy, and what strategies and recommendations could be adopted. It was found that, until recently, Oxfam only collected data about contracted staff in the UK, including only senior staff in country offices. In addition, Oxfam has not collected publicly available information about the most senior management positions. The analysis based on the incomplete information available indicated that the UK-contracted work force contains a majority of women, but men remain three grades higher than most women and women occupy fewer and fewer positions as the management ladder climbs. The gender-mapping report recommended that Oxfam 1) collect data on all employees; 2) commission research to identify and analyze key factors that prohibit women from advancing in management; and 3) make a commitment to ensure that the gains women have made continue. In related work in the East and Central Africa region, the recruitment of a human resources officer will facilitate the collection of comprehensive human resources data as a basis for future decision-making. Problems faced include the fact that women caring for dependents will have less opportunity to take advantage of the employment opportunities offered by regionalization and that mobility will be hampered by restrictions on visas and work permits.

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