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RIBA is committed to equal opportunities

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The RIBA welcomes the findings of the research study 'Why do Women leave Architecture?'

The RIBA is committed to promoting equal opportunities within the profession and improving the working environment for women by implementing the recommendations made by the research team as quickly as possible.

However, I must challenge Yasmin Shariff 's comment (AJ 10.7.03) that 'sexism is endemic in the profession but is also everywhere among RIBA staff '.

It is clear from staff employment statistics that the RIBA is not a sexist environment:

62 per cent of staff are female;

50 per cent of staff directors are female; and l18 per cent of staff are employed part-time.

I am particularly keen that the RIBA executive function should be seen as an exemplar of good employment practice for the profession. We take special care to conform with our Equal Opportunities policy; we are accredited as Investors in People; we have an active Joint Consultative Committee and a system of regular briefings for staff at all levels - including those employed in the regions.

We are not aware of any complaints in the past three years about sexist behaviour.

A number of members of the RIBA have complained that some of our written polices and material are not gender neutral.

We aware of this and are in the process of amending all such documents.

Richard Hastilow, chief executive, RIBA

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