gender equality in the workplace

Gender equality and equal opportunities for women in the workplace

If March is the month of the women’s day celebration, we at Jobrapido do believe it is important never to stop talking about equality and equal opportunities for women in the professional and private sphere.

During the last years we have always joined international initiatives related to these topics, in addition to actively supporting a gender equality and opportunity policy within the company and putting it in place on a daily basis also through company values.

Starting from 2017, we have encouraged the discussion with several meetings, together with professional and leadership training courses for women at our offices – with the objective of empowering their role and qualities at all levels. We also launched the “Women in Digital by Jobrapido”, a community which aims to create awareness for the presence of women in environments that traditionally were considered “male oriented”, alongside with different initiatives to support gender balance.

This year, the topic of the International Women’s Day was #BalanceforBetter to encourage balance among genres and promote women in their professional and personal growth at any level. According to this we have then planned several activities such an online survey in three European countries (Italy, UK and Netherlands) to explore the resistance of some gender stereotypes and prejudices. We also planned different training sessions – like a calendar of sessions to create awareness about implicit bias plus a series of open seminars to implement digital skills in the tech world for women.

In addition, to kick off the 2019 activities we’ve been particularly proud of having recently hosted an event at our headquarters in Milan dedicated to employees and partners.

The fil rouge was #BalanceforBetter with special guests Ileana Boneschi, Project Medical Referent for Medici Senza Frontiere, who has been involved in first line as obstetrician in war zones; Francesca De Giorgi, CIO of ASST Pini, member of the HIMMS Italian Community committee, very active in the promotion of the community of Women in Health IT and Liana Doro, Lawyer specialized in family law and international child abduction. All of them are role models for managing day-by-day challenges by actively promoting change.

The debate was exciting and gave us some good food for thought about implicit bias.

Indeed, even if unconsciously, it still seems that gender discrimination is a true fact due to a social condition, of which women are fully aware. Gender stereotypes as a matter of fact are hard to die, both in the professional and private sphere, and there is the need to renew on a daily basis the effort for the growth of the women’s role and of gender equality, starting from ourselves, at all levels.

In this direction, I truly believe that initiatives and training moments that the companies put in place against prejudices are a powerful and successful ally to raise awareness and that we are on the right path to deconstruct stereotypes and create a true gender equity.

This is why I am personally very happy to nourish and encourage the discussion on these issues as a source of inspiration in our day-by-day road towards equality and gender balance.