Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Edith Cowan University (ECU) is one of only five WA organisations to be named an Employer of Choice for Women after receiving a citation in recognition of the University’s efforts to support and encourage female staff in the workplace.
ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said to receive this citation is an extremely high accolade, and reflects the success of ECU’s efforts to help female staff reach their potential.
“The citation takes into account ECU’s generous maternity leave policy and other flexible leave arrangements which assist female staff to successfully manage their careers and family commitments. This is particularly important as we recognise that women’s careers can develop differently to men’s.”
The citation is especially timely as ECU recently celebrated International Women’s Day on Monday, 8 March with the second annual Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor Donna Cross, Director of ECU's Child Health Promotion Research Centre.
ECU’s commitment to female staff is also reflected in the Women@ECU initiative which focuses on creating opportunities for staff to be the best they can be wherever they are in their career path. This includes professional development activities, and supportive and flexible work practices. The initiative also provides specific support for seminars, coffee conversations, networking opportunities, guest speakers and special events.
The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency awards the Employer of Choice for Women citation to non-government organisations with more than 100 employees that have demonstrated they have policies and practices supporting women across the organisation, and that these have had a positive outcome for both women and business.
Due to the University’s progressive approach to supporting female colleagues ECU has not been required to report to the Commonwealth Equal Opportunity Women in the Workplace Agency since 2008.
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