Unconscious Biases towards Gender Equality

 

The Challenge

How might we be mindful of our unconscious biases towards gender equality?

Australia has made great strides towards achieving gender equality in recent years. Women on the boards of ASX 200 listed companies has grown from 8.3% in 2009 to 26.2% in 2018. But, is it enough?


The Outcome

Episode 06 is about taking a deeper look at our roles in achieving gender equality. The agenda of the session is to,

  1. identify and understand our own unconscious biases towards gender equality

  2. converge on the first diamond of problem definition and diverge on the second diamond to explore the endless opportunities towards a solution

Our Design Players researched and explored the characteristics of their persona and the extent of unconscious biases that persists within ourselves.


Why Design Thinking?

The average full-time weekly wage for a woman is 15.3% less than a man’s. 1 in 2 mothers have reported to experience workplace discrimination because of pregnancy. (Source: Australian Human Rights Commission)

The Design Thinking approach challenges our preconceived notions of inequality and provides us with a different lens towards a topic that is extremely controversial and highly discussed.

It raises the question: are we really the protagonist? Or, are we just the protagonist in our story?


Be mindful of our own gender prejudice; we all have a part to play towards achieving equality

The power is in the way the story is told. Our Design Players shared their story, and their personas to provide us - the audience - with insights on what is happening, who is it happening to, where, when and why is this happening.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Culture Amp, for kindly providing the venue and nibbles.