The stories in the news are about ingrained and institutional sexism, the abuse of power and the lack of commitment of individuals and organisations to challenge and confront those accused of harassment and assault. These issues are prevalent in and outside of places of work. They are not new.
Carole Easton began her career as a child and family psychotherapist in the NHS. She has extensive experience in the voluntary sector having been Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, ChildLine and CLIC Sargent(caring for children with cancer). She has worked as a trainer and consultant in the UK and overseas developing helplines and children’s services, extending advocacy services for those with mental health issues and learning difficulties and delivering campaigns and services relating to individuals with disfiguring conditions. She is now Chief Executive at Young Women’s Trust, a charity supporting and representing young women at risk of lifelong financial and emotional insecurity. She is Chair of Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
I know the world won't change overnight but there are some things that all men can do right away. Never agree to sit on a panel where there are no women. Never agree to interview for a job unless there are female candidates on the shortlist in areas of work where women are very under-represented.
07/03/2017 17:12 GMT
But we all can do something about this and men can do something too. Men can refuse to speak on panels where there are no women. This would at least be a start. It may seem like a small thing but it would mean that greater efforts would be made to ensure that women are given a loud voice and can encourage other women to join them.
15/02/2017 13:29 GMT
Last month there was another frisson of activity in the press about young women being obliged to wear high heels at work? I don't wear high heels and consider it to be sexist and ridiculous to expect anyone to function effectively in 5" spikes. I am delighted that the issue is being raised and believe that all women have the right to fair treatment at work.
06/02/2017 12:58 GMT
When I was told I would be included in the Queen's New Year honours list, I thought I would write a blog reflecting on my career. Then I remembered that I find New Year reflections and forecasts dull and time-consuming. So, instead, here are the top things I would like to see change in relation to children and young people in the UK.
02/01/2017 17:36 GMT
24/11/2016 16:13 GMT
10/11/2016 13:35 GMT
We know already that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and that mental distress costs the economy in England over £105 billion each year. I profoundly hope that all the recent reports and publicity translate into actions that really make a difference.
05/10/2016 16:58 BST
I am no longer feeling quite so helpless and think that there are some things I can do, at least in my own circles at work and home. I can change my own behaviour and take ownership of my own so called unconscious bias and make sure that this is not interfering with my decisions or stopping me from realising that most of the difference that I fear or perceive in others turns out to be an illusion once I allow myself to work with and get to know them.
05/07/2016 14:05 BST
Last week I received an invitation to an event to celebrate an anniversary. It is 150 years since the Women's Suffrage Committee, formed by Barbara Bodichon, collected 1500 signatures on a petition for women's suffrage in 1866. This was presented to the House of Commons by John Stuart Mill, the philosopher, political economist and Member of Parliament.
26/05/2016 10:37 BST
I will be encouraging young people to vote and I hope by June 23rd they will understand the importance of participating in this crucial event. The British Future report was published in January, it is now March, maybe it is already too late. I hope not.
24/03/2016 12:12 GMT
Either way, the work we need to do as a sector to learn lessons from what went wrong with Kids Company should be harnessed as a force for the good and not as a way of undermining work which makes a massive difference to some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.
01/02/2016 16:57 GMT
Those of us who work closely with the statistics know this is simplistic. The Equality and Human Rights Commission and others have acknowledged that young women's academic attainment is not translating into better opportunities in the workplace.
21/12/2015 23:22 GMT
It is crucial that we don't put the situation down to individual choice and that we take steps to convince young women that their presence is valued and respected particularly in traditionally male areas of work. Talents will go to waste without urgent action and there will be a growing lack of young people with the right skills to fill the increasing number of vacancies in industries such as ICT and engineering.
10/12/2015 12:16 GMT
Paid Less, Less Likely to Get Training or End Up With a Job - How Young Women Lose Out in Apprenticeships
Surely it is time to change things, time to offer a future to those young women who tell me they simply want a job, whose talents are being wasted by society and who are forced to rely on benefits when they could be contributing so much more to the economy?
07/09/2015 17:54 BST
It should read something like: despite working harder and being more successful at school and university women continue to lose out in the workplace. The gender pay gap remains, women are much more likely than men to be stuck in a narrow range of jobs many of which are low paid...
17/08/2015 15:09 BST
These are complex problems that won't be fixed overnight but they can be addressed; just as long as we take gender into account. To do otherwise means that any attempts will continue to fail, and to fail young women.
24/03/2015 21:38 GMT
Feedback. Yes, it's a big ask but it is also something that has the potential to transform young people's lives.
23/01/2015 12:11 GMT
Did anyone spot the commitment in both the main parties' conference speeches to create a new workforce of thousands of young people - millions even - paid just £2.73 an hour? Actually the initiative wasn't just spotted but welcomed, alongside promises on zero hours contracts and the National Minimum Wage.
09/10/2014 16:45 BST
It's the scandal that no one is talking about; more than 90,000 more young women than men are out of education, employment and training - so-called NEETs. It may be a tidy acronym but now is the time to stop sweeping this issue under the carpet.
31/08/2014 14:01 BST
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