Women are bearing the brunt of the economic and social fallout of COVID-19. Women are 1.5 times more likely to be furloughed, be made redundant, or experience job insecurity.
Money, Money, Money: A Gender Equal Economy
Women are also carrying out most of the non-developmental childcare; 75% of mothers have said they are carrying the lion’s share of looking after the household and children.
In 2020 Equal Pay Day, the date women effectively start working for free compared to men managed to move 6 days later in the year from 14 to 20 November – a small but positive change. As well as the gender pay gap, the gender pension and gender savings gaps have also seen positive change. However, as the impact of the pandemic becomes more apparent, will we see this work undone?
Feminism is about financial freedom and a fairer, more equitable economy is central to that. An expert panel will discuss the impact of the pandemic and what a gender-equal economy might look like.
Thank you to Lynn Carvill, Chief Exec at WOMEN’STEC, who co-curated this event. Panellists include Siobhan Harding, Women’s Support Network, Janine Maher, Money and Pensions Service, Roseann Kelly, Women in Business, and Lynn Carvill.
This event will be chaired by Clodagh Rice.
About the speakers
Lynn is Chief Executive of WOMEN’STEC, an organisation based in Belfast specialising in the delivery of skills training and the promotion of opportunities in sectors and careers where women are typically under-represented.
Lynn is also convenor of the Northern Ireland Women’s Budget Group and has a keen interest in gender equality issues in relation to women’s economic position and labour market participation. She has held a number of policy and advocacy roles in the women’s sector and earlier in her career established the Organisation of the Unemployed: Northern Ireland, the northern division of the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed. In 2010 she developed a project which culminated in the publication of the seminal research report ‘The Northern Ireland Economy: Women on the Edge?’
Siobhán joined the Women’s Support Network (WSN) in August 2018 as a Policy & Research Officer. She is responsible for drafting research papers and consultation responses on issues that impact women on behalf of the Women’s Regional Consortium. She does this through holding focus groups with local women discussing the issues that are important to them and reflecting their views in policy documents and papers.
Siobhán has produced research papers on the Impact of Austerity and Welfare Reform on Women, Debt and Women and most recently a paper on the Impact of Universal Credit on Women.
Siobhán is a member of the Women’s Policy Group which is a platform for women working in policy and advocacy roles in different organisations to share their work and speak with a collective voice on key issues. She is also a member of the working group on the Cliff Edge Coalition which is a campaign to extend and strengthen the mitigations package for Northern Ireland.
Janine Maher is the Northern Ireland Manager of the Money and Pensions service. She brings experience and expertise in the financial industry and is invested (no pun intended) in the financial wellbeing of the people of Northern Ireland.
She has a Master’s in Political Science and Social Policy.
Roseann Kelly MBE is CEO of Women in Business NI (WIBNI). It is the largest and fastest-growing business network for women entrepreneurs and senior business leaders in Northern Ireland with over 4000 members spread throughout all industry sectors. Roseann joined Women in Business NI soon after the organisation was formed in 2002 as a voluntary Director; she held the roles of Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Company Secretary during that time. She has been Chief Executive of WIBNI since 2009 overseeing a period of rapid growth and a successful sustainability strategy.
Roseann was recognised on Her Majesty the Queen’s Honours list in 2019 for her contribution to the NI economy. She sits on the Department of the Economies Ministerial Strategic Advisory Forum. She also sits on the Expert Panel for the Review of Apprenticeships and on the Youth Training Review Panel. She is CEO and a Director of Diversity Mark NI Ltd formed in 2017. She is Vice Chair of WOMEN’STEC NI and past Committee member of both WINET and the Women’s Fund for NI. In 2016 she won the Chief Executive of the 3rd Sector (CO3) Award for Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year. In 2014 she was invited onto the Advisory Board of the SME Development Institute at the Ulster University Business School. In 2013 she won the Services to Enterprise Award with Young Enterprise, was announced in the Belfast Business TOP 50 in 2011 and was a participant on the Irish institute Boston College Women in the Workplace Programme in 2010.
Clodagh Rice is the Business Correspondent at BBC Northern Ireland. Her job has been dominated by the impact of the pandemic on the Northern Ireland economy. She covers issues from challenges facing different parts of the economy to household bills and changes in consumer behaviour, providing news on BBC Newsline, BBC Radio Ulster and the BBC News NI website.
Clodagh joined the BBC in 2014 after working as a freelance journalist. Her interest in business news stemmed from her studies at Trinity College Dublin where she graduated with a degree in Business and French.
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