World Bank in collaboration with other partners has recently launched a global campaign titled “WEvolve”, which
“brings men and women together to end inequality using the power of art and media to inspire action and change”.
WEvolve provides a platform for young men and women to change societal norms by empowering them to open their minds, reach out to their peers and elders and become leaders, who think and act differently.
If you are a young man or woman and you are passionate about gender-related issues and eager to contribute to ending gender-based violence check out the WEvolve campaign’s website, and learn about those tools available for you to get involved in the global campaign to end gender violence. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
“Lack of recognition of basic differences men and women have like career cycles, communication styles, or attitudes to power is enough to eliminate one gender and prefer the other” notes Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO of 20-first, one of the world’s leading gender consulting firms, and author of Seven Steps to Leading a Gender-Balanced Business. The author of the article published in the Harvard Business Review argues that “denying the existence of differences between men and women was a useful phase to go through, but now that the reality of gender has changed, so should our approach”. To read the full article click here.
While the issue of women in tech is widely discussed, another area, which would not patently be the topic for the gender discussion, is women in media. The Australian Business Review uncovers the role of women in the media market and highlights an important factor – confidence factor – determining gender balance in media, which can, actually, be defining women’s advancement in any area women are engaged in. Read the full article here.
Women’s Pathways to Leadership in Asia in collaboration with Bridging GAP is delighted to announce the launch of DISRUPT. Filipina Women: Proud. Loud. Leading Without A Doubt published by the Filipina Women’s Network in 2014. The event is to be held on April 17, 2015 at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. You may refer to the attached flyer for more information. Please register your interest to attend at email@example.com.
Asian Development Bank had an interview with Dr. Astrid Tuminez to discuss the issue of women’s leadership in Asia and the ways to improve the advancement of women in high-levels of management. Read the interview here.
This year to mark the International Women’s Day, WPLA in collaboration with the LKYSPP Bridging Gender and Policy Group partnered with the leading tech companies to host a panel discussion. The event was widely attended by the students, staff and members of the public.
Photo Courtesy of Bridging GAP Group
The panel discussion focused on “Women Leaders in Technology: Why We Do What We Do?” and featured a panel of four remarkable women leaders from such tech companies as Microsoft, HP, Twitter and ConneXionsAsia.
Amelia Agrawal, Regional Director of OEM Marketing, Microsoft
Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific & Japan, HP
Frederique Covington, International Marketing Director, Twitter
Rosaline Chow Koo, Founder and CEO, ConneXionsAsia
Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez was the moderator of the discussion.
The panelists shared their unique personal stories of how they achieved career success in the technology sector and the challenges they encountered along the way, whether the work-life balance is a myth, and how they contributed to the success of their companies.
One of the takeaways of the event relates to the risk women associate with the career in tech: “Are women less risk-taking, therefore less attracted to high-stakes tech industry? There is a steep learning curve that requires some confidence to take, not just in tech. Mentors need to convey to girls that it’s important to take risks.”
A recent New York Times article defies the idea that women are paid less because they choose to be in occupations with lower paying wages. Claire Caine Miller, the author of the article, provides evidence that gender plays a more important role in the equation by stating:
“But a majority of the pay gap between men and women actually comes from differences within occupations, not between them — and widens in the highest-paying ones like business, law and medicine, according to data from Claudia Goldin, a Harvard University labor economist and a leading scholar on women and the economy.”
Furthermore, “There is a belief, which is just not true, that women are just in bad occupations and if we just put them in better occupations, we would solve the gender gap problem,” Dr. Goldin said. One of these factors is the number of hours of required facetime. Occupations with a workplace flexibility in terms of hours and location have less disparity.
According to Goldin, “The gender gap in pay would be considerably reduced and might vanish altogether if firms did not have an incentive to disproportionately reward individuals who labored long hours and worked particular hours.” The article prescribes work flexibility as a key to ensuring less women leave the workforce in sectors, such as finance, where there is a large gender gap.
The Women Investing in Women Initiative, or WIN-WIN, launched at the UN Foundation on March 8, 2012 proves it pays off to invest in women. The initiative has surpassed its goals for 2013. The info graphic below highlights their key learnings for individuals and organizations seeking to advance women.