Entrepreneur and co-founder of My Food Bag
Highlighting inequality and bringing women into the workforce is a passion project for me, so supporting this campaign is really a no-brainer. I also don’t want my kids in 25 years’ time to continue having the same debate we are currently having – and unless we make some substantial changes in society today, they will be!
Employers need to show leadership in this space and ensure they focus on the gender pay gap. They need to make it easier for women returning to the workforce post having children and acknowledge there needs to be a lot of work to enable people to have successful careers alongside living happy lives. We need more transparency and better governance in this space and we need to ensure women are in the right positions so they can help enable this change. The issue is probably not important enough to the average Kiwi. But long-term, not closing the pay gap will negatively impact our economy as people might not realise their full potential or choose not to work as it’s not beneficial enough for them. My Food Bag implemented our paid parental leave policy enabling parents to have 18 weeks fully paid off work to care for their baby or to be paid at 160% of their salary for the same period, should their partner choose to stay home instead. We’ve since welcomed 20 babies through this scheme and we’re proud to be making a difference in families’ lives. We’ve also implemented an additional six domestic sick days for parents. Changes can be small and big, but as long as you’re driving change I believe it will have a longterm benefit to society.