Gender in Jewish Community Organisations

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project is the inaugural project supported by the Kerryn Baker Memorial Endowment for Gender Research.

In 2019, the Victorian branch of the National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Vic) [NCJWA (Vic)] launched its gender equity campaign, #MakeSpaceForHer, which aimed to increase the representation of Jewish women within Jewish communal organisations in Victoria. Recognising that only fourteen percent of the boards of Jewish organisations had a balanced gender composition, the campaign revolved around a pledge in which leaders of Jewish institutions would commit to ensuring that their structures reflected the makeup of the Jewish community, where more than half the population are women.

This project uses the NCJWA (Vic) campaign as its jumping off point to investigate the experiences of women in Jewish institutions in Victoria. It will begin by reviewing the initial stages of the #MakeSpaceForHer campaign, particularly its take-up by community organisations, and then ask: are Jewish institutions welcoming and safe environments for women? What steps can be taken to ensure a diverse and safe workplace?

The aims of this project are:
1) To review the progress and reception of the #MakeSpaceForHer campaign;
2) To investigate the experience of women employees in Jewish institutions;
3) To provide an evidence base for the NCJWA (Vic.) to effect further change within Jewish organisations in Victoria and to create workplaces that are inclusive, safe, and welcoming.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/06/201/06/21