One Loud Voice for Women – amplifying your voice
One Loud Voice for Women has one simple mission: to collaborate with all groups campaigning to end gender inequality in the workplace and to amplify their voices. We think all our voices will be louder together.
The One Loud Voice for Women soft launch was attended by 90 people representing 40 different diversity networks. The event was headlined by some of the UK’s leading workplace equality campaigners, including Sophie Walker from the Women’s Equality Party, Camilla Palmer and Susan Vinnicombe who each told us what they thought 1LV could mean for achieving equality for women in the workplace.
The co-founders of 1LV, Elaine Aarons, Kate Jenkins and Carol Rosati, OBE who each have over 30 years of experience between them, as a discrimination lawyer, a former civil servant and a headhunter/ D&I campaigner set out their vision. At its core this is for 1LV to amplify the messages of campaigners working in this area. They articulated their objectives: to represent 250,000 voices and 100 groups reaching 3 million supporters by the end of 2017. This will make 1LV the voices of so many that employers and government cannot ignore their messages.
Founding Member of 1LV and discrimination lawyer for over 30 years, Elaine Aarons, said: “The reception for One Loud Voice for Women has surpassed expectations. The time seems perfect to try and make this simple idea happen. The force of amplifying others voices so as to effect change quicker could not seem more obvious. It is unacceptable in 2017 that there is still a disparity between the genders at work”.
The speakers and audience shared their support for the idea both in the room and on Twitter with the reactions of the diversity groups summed up by the decisive response from the representative from Northern Power Women “I’m in“.
Speaking at the event, Amanda Ciske, Founding Member of 1LV and Associate Director of Inspire, said: “Look at the power of collaboration, 90% of women in Iceland went on strike and their country is now the best place in the world to be a woman. Alone Inspire is a drop in the ocean, but when combined with every women’s group, there is no limit to what we can achieve.”
Key feedback that stood out from the night included:
- “Men want to lend their voice to that of women so as to eradicate gender inequality”
- “1LV is much needed, those disenfranchised women who have less skilled jobs, need to have their voices heard.”
- “Let’s keep an eye out for who isn’t yet in the room and think across industries and pay scales”
- “I would love to hear balance in the communications coordinated by 1LV, and avoid a focus on the negatives – think about the positives of having a diverse workforce.”
Next steps are a call out to all gender equality campaigners and organisations who would like 1LV to amplify their voices to get in touch. Founding member of 1LV, Kate Jenkins: “We will be reaching out to all groups already working so hard to eliminate gender inequality to stand with you and amplify your voice. Together we are stronger and the launch of 1LV is the ultimate collaboration”.
About One Loud Voice for Women (1LV)
1LV was born out of shared frustration at the slow pace of change for women at work. The committee members each speak for a major organisation currently working to remove the obstacles to an equal workplace – by bringing the voices of these organisations together, and engaging with others in this area, we will create a loud enough noise to drive faster change. At our launch date, this committee represented the voices of 50,000 women.
1LV is apolitical and is not a membership organisation. 1LV represents all women in the workplace – any age and any role. 1LV provides a connection between organisations and a publicity vehicle for women’s campaigns. 1LV will always consult with a group before becoming actively involved in their campaign.
Priority campaigns are to:
- eradicate the gender pay gap
- end sexism and harassment in the workplace
- eliminate discrimination on the basis of gender including around flexible working, family care and pregnancy.
For further information visit: Twitter @1LV_forwomen and Instagram @oneloudvoiceforwomen