How the Value Placed on Caring Contributes to Gender Equality at Work
This is the fourth of five events in The Solutions Series, taking place as part of the 2020 WorkEqual campaign.
The event will be introduced by Sonya Lennon, founder of the WorkEqual campaign.
The panel will be MCed by Irish Times features writer and coproducer of the Women’s Podcast, Róisín Ingle, and they will discuss : ‘How the Value Placed on Caring Contributes to Gender Equality at Work’.
- Linda Scott, Emeritus DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oxford; Senior Consulting Fellow to Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs; founder of, and now Senior Advisor to, the Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment; and founder of DoubleXEconomy LLC, a consulting firm specialising in women’s economic empowerment.
- Ged Kearney, Australian MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Skills and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Aged Care, former Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation .
- Sean Cooke, CEO of the Men’s Development Network.
- Helen Russell, Research Professor, ESRI, lead author of 2019 report on weight of care and unpaid work responsibilities.
The WorkEqual campaign is an initiative of the Dress for Success Dublin charity, and is sponsored by Permanent TSB and SOLAS.
Ged Kearney Australian MP; Shadow Assistant Minister for Skills and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Aged Care; former Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing FederationGed KearneyAustralian MP; Shadow Assistant Minister for Skills and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Aged Care; former Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation
Ged Kearney is the Federal Member for Cooper. Ged has served in the Australian parliament since March 2018, when she was elected in a by-election. She is the first woman to hold the seat.
Ged is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Skills and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Aged Care.
Ged started her working life as a nurse and rose to become Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation. From 2010, Ged served as the President of the ACTU – the peak body of Australia’s union movement – where she fought for better conditions for Australian workers.
Ged’s working life – from nurse to President of the ACTU to parliamentarian – has been about fighting for the rights of others.
She is a strong voice for social justice, workers’ rights and universal healthcare inside Labor and the Parliament. Ged is a passionate advocate for the environment, leading the push for Labor to declare a climate emergency. Throughout her career, Ged has supported a humane response to refugees, including the crucial medevac legislation.
Ged was born and raised in Melbourne and lived in Cooper for over 25 years. Ged has four children, two stepdaughters and two much loved grandchildren.
Helen Russell Research Professor, ESRI, lead author of 2019 report on weight of care and unpaid work responsibilities.Helen RussellResearch Professor, ESRI, lead author of 2019 report on weight of care and unpaid work responsibilities.
Dr Helen Russell is a Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin. She is head of the social research division at the ESRI, and leads research projects on the themes of equality, social inclusion, working conditions and quality of life. She has a longstanding interest in gender equality issues and has recently completed research studies on topics such including gender and access to high level positions in the civil service (2018); maternal employment and childcare costs (2018); gender inequalities in care and unpaid work (2019); and an overview of gender equality in the Irish labour market over the last 50 years (Economic and Social Review, 2017). She is currently jointly co-ordinating a four-year research programme on Equality and Human Rights with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Helen is a member of the expert advisory group for the current Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality, the advisory group on Equality Budgeting at DPER, and is an elected board member of the European Consortium for Sociological Research.
Linda ScottEmeritus DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford
Linda Scott is Emeritus DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford, and Senior Consulting Fellow to Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs. She founded, and is now Senior Adviser to, the Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment; and founded DoubleXEconomy LLC, a consulting firm specialising in women’s economic empowerment. She works with multinational corporations, international agencies, national governments, and global NGOs designing and testing programmes to better include women in the world economy.
Professor Scott was selected as one of the Top 25 Global Thinkers by Prospect magazine in 2015. She is best known for her concept of the Double X Economy, a perspective that describes the global economy of women not just as consumers or workers, but as investors, donors, and entrepreneurs. She also founded The Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy.
Many world press vehicles, from The Economist to the BBC, have covered Professor Scott’s research. In addition to her own blog, The Double X Economy, she has blogged for the World Economic Forum, Forbes, and Bloomberg on gender issues. She has written a book called ‘The Double X Economy’, which has been shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, and was longlisted for the 2020 Financial Time and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.
Roisin IngleColumnist, features writer and podcaster with The Irish Times
Róisín Ingle is a columnist, features writer and podcaster with The Irish Times. She is the author of two collections of her columns, Pieces of Me and Public Displays of Emotion and is the co-author of The Daughterhood with Natasha Fennell which has been published in several languages. She produces and co-presents the award winning ‘Women’s Podcast’ on irishtimes.com
Sean CookeCEO of the Men’s Development Network
Sean Cooke is the Chief Executive Officer of the Men’s Development Network and has been since October 2018.
As Chief Executive Officer, Sean is responsible for the overall strategic and operational management of the organisation, including full responsibility for staff and budgetary management, implementation of strategy and supporting the board. He is also the official spokesperson for the Men’s Development Network, responsible for external relations and corporate affairs.
The Men’s Development Network is regularly asked by various government departments or agencies to represent Men on advisory or consultative fora and/or at conferences, both national and international, and in these spaces, I advance the policy positions of our organisation.
Sean’s primary degree was in Communications Studies with a Masters in Community Development. He has over 30 years’ experience working in Community and Voluntary sector both at front line and senior management level. Previous experiences included working in Community and Youth Development, Project Management of major community-based capital projects and as a local development consultant.
Sonya LennonWorkEqual campaing founder
Sonya Lennon has thirty years’ experience in business as a creative director, designer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and strategic consultant. A multi award winning Social Entrepreneur, Sonya founded global not for profit initiative Dress for Success in Ireland seven years ago and has successfully supported over 3,000 women into employment and economic independence.
Through her advocacy work, she has campaigned at a European level for equality in the workplace for women by addressing the Gender Pay & Opportunity Gap.
Her womenswear brand Lennon Courtney, now sells Internationally through a licensing agreement with Dunnes Stores and has seen exponential growth. Sonya is a founder and board member of LIFT Ireland, Leading Ireland’s Future Together who’s mission is to improve the levels of leadership in Ireland by reaching 10% of the population with its roundtable model.
Sonya is solution focussed, iterative and innovative but always grounded by a value in human relationships and understanding how to unpick and maximise the potential of business and people.
Her podcast with business partner Brendan Courtney, Lennon Courtney Left Alone tackles big issues like Money, Age, Purpose and Love. It is a window into a world of conversations they have when they’re left alone.