The UC Ruahinetanga: Menopause Awareness Programme for staff launched on Monday 18 October (World Menopause Day).
A great turn-out of UC staff celebrated the launch in the Engineering Core atrium with music, balloons, coffee, cakes, and some fun merch. The fan pens were the most popular give-away although watch any long hair around them!
Our Kaihāpai Ruahinetanga | Menopause Supporters were on hand to talk to staff and are available for any staff member to meet with. The contact details for this group can be found as part of the Ruahinetanga: Menopause at Work intranet site which contains resources to inform, support and guide people through the impacts of menopause, including a helpful Support Guide for Managers.
We had a number of people say they would like to come along to an informal monthly café catch-up so we are firming up a date in early November to do this. The date/time/place will be advertised in a blog post and on the News section of the intranet site. Everyone is welcome to attend!
As previously noted, a lot of people can go through menopause with very few symptoms. However, for some, the effects of menopause can be debilitating – https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/quarter-women-with-serious-menopause-symptoms-have-left-jobs
You may be asking (but hopefully not) why is UC committed to raising awareness about menopause? From our Ruahinetanga: Menopause Guideline:
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | The University of Canterbury (UC) is committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and nurturing environment for all staff and recognises the importance for individuals to be healthy and well at work. Kia tika, kia pono, kia aroha – doing what is right with integrity and with empathy.
Our values are who we are at UC and inspire us to empower others and to be the best we can in all our interactions with each other: Whanaungatanga (we value people and their differences); Tiakitanga (we will enhance and nurture our resources); and Manaakitanga (we extend care and empower others). Therefore we embrace all aspects of our staffs’ life experiences so they can bring their best, authentic self to the UC whānau.
And finally, thank you to the project team of Jules Stafford, Charmaine Atherfold, Sharon Chapman-Stead, Angie Willington, and Karen Grant for your time, effort, and commitment to this programme.