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Gender Inclusion Audit

Our qualitative inquiry into the lived workplace experiences of women involves an in-depth exploration of their unique perspectives, challenges, and experiences in the work environment. This type of research is essential for understanding the multifaceted issues women face in the workplace, including gender dynamics, opportunities for advancement, work-life balance, and potential discrimination or bias.


Key methods of this inquiry typically include:

  • Policy Review: Examining organizational policies and practices, including those related to maternity leave, harassment, and equal pay, to assess their impact on women.

  • Surveys with open-ended questions are a valuable tool for gaining qualitative insights into employees' lived experiences.

  • In-depth Interviews: Conducting personal interviews with women employees to gather detailed narratives about their experiences, perceptions, and feelings in the workplace.

  • Focus Groups: Facilitating group discussions among women employees to explore shared experiences and collective viewpoints. This can also foster a sense of solidarity and community.

  • Collaborative methodologies such as Café Conversations, Open Space Technology (OST), Appreciative Inquiry, and Action Learning offer dynamic and inclusive ways to understand the qualitative experiences of employees. These methodologies create a rich tapestry of employee experiences, offering a comprehensive understanding of the workplace from multiple angles.


The aim of this inquiry is to:


  • Understand Gender-Specific Challenges: Identifying the unique challenges faced by women in the workplace, including barriers to advancement and gender-specific bias or discrimination.

  • Explore Career Development: Investigating the opportunities and obstacles women encounter in their career progression, including mentorship, training, and promotion opportunities.

  • Assess Work-Life Balance: Examining how women manage work-life balance, including organizational support for family and caregiving responsibilities.

  • Recommend Improvements: Using the insights gained to recommend changes to policies, practices, and culture to better support women in the workplace.


Such an inquiry should be conducted with sensitivity, respecting the confidentiality and diversity of experiences among women. It's crucial to approach this research with an understanding of the various factors that can influence women's experiences at work, including race, age, sexual orientation, and family status. This research not only helps in identifying areas for improvement but also contributes to creating a more inclusive and equitable work environment.

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