The roadmap enables organisations to plot where they are on their journey.
The ‘gender equality roadmap’ (roadmap) is designed to help organisations understand the nature of the gender equality ‘journey’ and the identifiable phases within it, from least effective practice to highly effective and best practice. The roadmap enables organisations to plot where they are on their journey. Stakeholders can then identify what progress looks like and plan accordingly.
The roadmap acts as both a framework for identifying and understanding gender equality progress (or absence of it), and as a common language for stakeholders to discuss progress.
The phases of the journey may not be as discrete or well delineated as shown on the model; some phases may last longer than others. Nonetheless they reflect the real experiences of leading organisations in equality and diversity. Note that progress along the roadmap is a function of the combined effect of both commitment and action – and the congruence between these. It is only when good intent is converted into action that progress is made.
Organisations less advanced in gender equality can exploit the valuable learning from these experiences, to increase momentum and accelerate progress (which we refer to later as using ‘onramps’ and ‘express lanes’). The roadmap phases are therefore intended to punctuate a typical journey, not necessarily an ‘ideal’ journey route. The roadmap’s purpose is to help organisations see opportunities to make their journey as fast, efficient and constructive as possible.