The findings from our recently completed research on gender discrimination, Waiting on Equality: The Role and Impact of Gender in the New York City Restaurant Industry, together with the growing number of women seeking job training to attain employment in this industry and the growing number of female workers seeking to start campaigns against their employers for gender discrimination has reminded us of the need to build long-lasting power for female restaurant workers, and to do so in a way that ‘surrounds’ the issues they face, employing a comprehensive strategy that follows our organizational strategy. Therefore, ROC-NY Women’s Committee is working to build the leadership of their fellow female restaurant workers and raise awareness around the gender discrimination plaguing this industry. Through a combination of organizing and advocacy, workforce and leadership development, and outreach and awareness to combat the pervasive issues that female workers face, the Women’s Leadership Committee is providing an outlet for the voices of those of the neglected as well as making these voices heard to the public.
The ROC-NY Women’s Leadership Committee...
- Developed and instituted a formal Peer Education Sexual Harassment training program, which they have launched with their peer restaurant workers citywide.
- Developed a special career development program - Career Ladders for Women - to build both hard and soft skills to help women obtain living wage jobs in the industry.
- Released a research study, Waiting on Equality, which explores gender discrimination in the restaurant industry.
- Is launching a new cultural arts project to highlight the working and personal lives and stories of women in the restaurant industry.
The Women's Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm in the ROC-NY office. Please contact Tatiana Bejar at 212-343-1771 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.