妇女援助组织（WAO）呼吁曾在职场上遭受性别歧视的女性挺身分享她们的经历。 妇女援助组织近日推介了“隐形女性”运动，目的是为了凝聚曾遭遇职场性别歧视的女性们的声音。她们可透过此运动的网站—invisiblewomen.com.my叙述自己的故事，其中也能以匿名的方式分享自己的经历。 妇女援助组织主席卡罗陈（译音）表示：“根据一项WAO于2016年的调查显示，40%的孕妇曾在职场上遭受歧视。我们希望能道出这些数据中的故事，以显示职场性别歧视对女性生活已造成明显的影响。” 此个运动的创意伙伴，既Leo Burnett集团创意总监Iska Hashim指出：“此个“隐形女性”运动道出了女性在职场上如何遭受忽视。” Hashim此次与设计师James Seet带领一组创意团队，他们对于能就此课题有所贡献而感到无比光荣。 Leo Burnett广告撰稿人Pia Dhaliwal认为，“社会一方面寄望女性都会生育小孩，但在职场上却经常没有给予怀孕女性支持，有时候恰恰相反。” Leo Burnett艺术总监Lee Shyyi表示：“女性在面试时会被问是否有生育的计划，或在怀孕后在工作上被边缘化，或在重返职场后若需要抽空照顾小孩而面对重重困难。” 此个运动的目的就是为了要让各界听见她们的故事。…
WAO’s Invisible Women art exhibition puts a spotlight on pregnancy and motherhood discrimination in the workplace.
“I was doing well at the interview but was told by the HR representative at the end that it was the company policy not to hire pregnant women. I was five months along,” writes Shazana, who works in the financial services industry.
Shazana’s story is one of the many stories of pregnancy and motherhood discrimination showcased at the Invisible Women art exhibition, by Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and Leo Burnett.
The main exhibit titled ‘Read Between The Lines’ is a massive hanging CV display, which presents stories of gender discrimination in the format of CVs. The stories were compiled through the microsite, invisiblewomen.com.my.
“A CV is supposed to show you in your best light. Obviously as a matter of course, we don’t include less triumphant moments,” explains Pia Dhaliwal, copywriter at Leo Burnett.
“The CVs displayed contain work-related experiences that nobody would ever include in their real CVs — awkward interviews, inappropriate comments, unmistakable cruelty — yet these stories undoubtedly affected real CVs everywhere.”
“So we’re turning the CV from a history of work to a history of work harassment. We’re making women’s stories of invisibility visible.”
“Through this exhibition, we hope to create a platform for women to speak up and to know that they are not alone,” says Carol Chin, President of WAO.
“When a chorus of women say, ‘I’ve faced workplace discrimination and this is not okay’, people won’t be able to ignore the issue — and we will begin to see change.”
“The goal of the campaign is to advocate for a Gender Equality Act, which would protect women from gender discrimination,” adds Chin.
Crumpled CVs form the exhibit titled ‘The Ones We Don’t See’, a shadow display of a pregnant woman.
“Behind every CV or résumé is a real person. Yet it’s easy to forget that when CVs reduce us to a handful of details about ourselves, details that can feel utterly removed from the living, breathing person who carefully crafted them,” says Pia.
“When you discard someone from consideration for a job because they mention a three-year-old child in their cover letter, that’s a real person who’s being denied the opportunity to get their career back on track.”
The exhibition captures and visualises how pregnant women and mothers often feel invisible at work. One exhibit features mannequins blended into the background of two scenes: an office and a home.
“Both of these scenes are meant to help us get in the mindset of a woman – one who’s unhappy in the workplace due to discrimination, and one who finds herself unable to work, due to taking time off to raise her child and not being given the opportunity to return to the workforce,” says Pia.
Six up-and-coming local artists also contributed artworks — their interpretations of ‘Invisible Women’ — to the exhibition. They are Anjali Venugopal, Diane Au, Lizzie Zany, Nadia Nizamudin, Shelly Ng, and Wong Xiang-Yi.
The exhibition runs until this Sunday, 18 March, 10am – 10pm at the White Box, Publika. To learn more about the ‘Invisible Women’ campaign, visit invisiblewomen.com.my.