Equity Across the Gender Divide

Background and Purpose:

Accusations and reported incidents of sexual harassment, assault and abuse of power by men over women and in some cases over other men show up in the news every day.

Too often the situation is being presented as a “men vs women” battle. This is unhealthy for organizations and negatively affects people’s ability to work together. It doesn’t solve the problem.

Requests for anti-sexual harassment training are on the rise as people seek solutions but don’t know what to do.

While anti-sexual harassment training is important to set boundaries and prevent certain egregious behaviors it’s not enough.

To solve this problem, and help create workplace cultures where people don’t have to feel on guard because of their gender, and can excel to their highest potential, we’ve developed an exciting open dialogue process, “Equity Across the Gender Divide.”

Equity Across Gender is a facilitated process that includes large group conversation, dyads, small groups and fishbowls. It can run from half-day, one-day to two-days and usually co-facilitated by a man and a woman.

With the right information, open dialogue and sensitization to boundaries, sexual harassment, and unintentional inappropriate behavior can be prevented.

Process objectives:

  • Identify, mitigate and prevent gender stereotyping and behavior that impedes collaboration across gender
  • Create an environment of empathy across genders
  • Set. maintain and respect personal boundaries
  • Learn and practice tools to build gender equity and success partnerships
  • Bring people together to engage in open and meaningful conversation to discuss issues and solutions

Dialogue topics include:

  • Gender communication styles – what’s real and what’s not
  • Subtle and obvious behaviors that promote gender inequity, uneven distribution of power, and exclusion
  • Real-time issues and experiences
  • Gender bias and manifestations
  • Setting, maintaining and respecting boundaries
  • What men, women and gender fluid people can do to speak out
  • How to speak out against harassment, intimidating comments and behaviors when you are or are not the target
  • Body language, voice tone and changing the script

Typical results:

Participants in our gender equity dialogues say they have a deeper understanding of boundaries, stronger sense of empathy for people of any gender including their own, and more tools to support people who are being harassed or targets of sexual misbehavior.

At the end of the dialogue session, participants leave with meaningful actions they can take to collaborate more effectively together across gender and educate other people with whom they work.