This March we are joining the world in celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8). The global day seeks to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality and provides us with a chance to reflect on the struggle for greater gender equality.
Historically, women have experienced greater difficulty navigating through systematic social issues more so at workplaces. Spanning across cultural bias, limited access to opportunities, gender inequality and other injustices, such issues hamper chances to any personal and economic development.
Global advancement notwithstanding, gender bias still remains an issue. Commendably, over the last decade numerous efforts have been geared towards women empowerment in a number of areas but we are still not quite there yet. The 2022 theme for International Women’s Day is “Break the Bias” – Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
For #TeamBio equality means we strive towards engendering a culture that is free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination in our workplace. At various levels, whether it’s at the farm, production, operations, sales or at the administrative level; we encourage increased labor force participation from women. We seek to be diverse, equitable, and as inclusive as possible. “What does breaking the bias mean to you?” We asked. Here is what some of our #TeamBio had to say:
- “We must empower women through retraining and upskilling to access future growth fields such as digital”. Martin
- “As women we are predestined to put in a lot if we are to achieve a balance between family and career pursuits. I believe as women we have an innate capacity to build authentic business relationships that help us navigate the corporate bias” Judy
- Breaking the bias is a matter of breaking the ceiling for workplace bottlenecks that curtail women from achieving their full potential. This is by providing women with equality of voice, ensuring maternity leave doesn’t hurt women’s careers, and the changing the narrative from ‘women can’t’ to ‘women can’. Joyce
- “We should endeavor to offer equal access to opportunities to women by removing any form of discrimination”. Samuel
- “Men should be allies in advocating for equal pay for women” Icharia
- “Personally, breaking the bias means ensuring safe working spaces for women to reinforce their personal development” Rosalid
Collectively, #TeamBio believes we can #BreakTheBias! Happy International Day 2022!