Getting the right balance
Posted by Leoni Janssen
International Women's Day (March 8th 2019) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." We agree with Gloria; collective action and shared ownership for driving gender equality is essential if we are to build a better, more balanced world.
To quote this fantastic site, balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage and so on.
It does not matter whether we are diverse in age, sex, race, religion, introverts or extroverts, what brings us together is the passion to be good at what we do, to learn from each other, enhance our skills, share experiences and knowledge and to grow as individuals and teams. We need people around us who think differently to us and who challenge us in ways we would not have thought of ourselves. We should all be routinely questioning and challenging what we see and hear, rather than just accepting that this is how we always think about or do something. As a result, a group with a high degree of diversity will naturally instill greater confidence and understanding while lessening prejudices and reservations. This in turn creates a unique environment, fostering superior collaboration and exchange of ideas, goals and aspirations. Quite simply greater diversity leads to greater creativity, inspiration and innovation. So in our view, gender balance and diversity are essential for economies and communities to thrive. And that’s why we support our own Women’s Network to make a positive difference for Unit4.
Our three areas of focus are around:
- increasing awareness of imbalance and biases with everyone in the company
- stimulating change/improvement and challenging the status quo within the company
- supporting each other by connecting to share experience, ideas and knowledge