By Kendall Galbraith
The RRR Network of WA advocates for a woman’s economic independence. A pathway for economic independence is building capacity to work from home. It is also being a free agent to diversify income streams, if unable to secure full or part time work to pay the bills.
We at the RRR Network continue to lobby state government to build capacity of the employer market to consider alternative HR methods so that more women can enter the workforce. We also acknowledge the efforts of women for their communities, looking after children or ageing parents and how that complicates building careers and earning an income.
At the RRR Network we operate on this quid pro quo structure. It relies on the agency of women supporting others. That if we band together, we will grow and develop our leadership skills, we will achieve, be successful and together we will strengthen gender equality.
Our organisation is essentially a petri dish of resources for women and we have seen women engage with us and rise to new levels. This concept has relied on women giving their time to help us and we help back. We leverage off each other and no one is left behind.
Women may write stories for our blog or host a webinar knowing that they are building a public profile among a large and influential audience. They may set up meetings with key contacts of theirs or even negotiate major project proposals to create opportunities for the RRR Network. All of this is done because of their commitment and loyalty to our organisation and creating opportunity for regional women. They also do this because they can identify gaps, have the skills to close them and we encourage their innovation and collaboration with the RRR Network.
We receive incredible service, talent, and skill from our membership. In return their skills improve and opportunities for them, increase external to our organisation.
Although, they do this for free. It has become very apparent to me as the CEO of the RRR Network that I am not truly advocating for a woman’s economic independence if I ask women to give up their time to support us. Their time is invaluable, and they deserve to be remunerated each time they provide a service in from which the RRR Network benefits from.
Yes, we are a small not for profit, but our business is women, striving for their equality and their economic independence. The least I can do is lead by example, and guarantee our membership, that if you write a blog for us, host a webinar, participant on a panel, provide us with imagery for our social media or create opportunity for us, that we expect to pay you for your services. Your skills are worth it.
As mentioned, we operate on a very small and vulnerable scale. So, the amount of remuneration will not match the private sector, nowhere close, but it is a start. It is also our way to remind women that your skills are worthy and to build their confidence and expectation to be remunerated for their efforts.
The RRR Network will provide their members with a service fee structure in the weeks ahead, for specific items that we have the capacity to support financially. Members are to contact the RRR Network if they wish to engage any of these services. Alternatively, if you do not feel comfortable in receiving payment for your services, we will not force it, and are very appreciative.
Lastly, I do acknowledge that camaraderie has accelerated many careers. Doors have opened purely based on the support from others with no formal financial transaction taking place. This type of assistance will always continue at the RRR Network as it does everywhere, because only together can we strengthen a woman’s leadership and her right to gender equality.