March 11, 2020

The problem with diversity targets in the workplace

By Bill Rylance, Chairman WATATAWA (first published in Quartz at Work, 10 March 2020) This past Sunday, as people around the world celebrated International Women’s Day, they also shone a light on the unfortunate—yet unsurprising—enduring challenges women continue to face in society. Some of the most disturbing trials were highlighted in the UN’s Gender Social Norms index, a global survey which measures and analyses gender bias in 75 countries, which found that at least 90% of men and women hold some sort of bias against females. ere are three more of the survey’s most wretched findings: Nearly half of all men said they had more right to a job than women. Almost a third of respondents thought it was acceptable for men to hit their female partners. Although some countries have made great progress, no country in the world can yet claim gender equality. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was #EachforEqual, which stresses the need to recognize equality not just as a women’s issue, but as a pertinent matter of business as well. It reflects the growing chorus for gender-equality throughout society—including, of course, in the boardroom and the workplace. Equal rights = good business I’ve never considered myself to be a formally proactive champion of women’s rights or for any cause of diversity, believing that my actions and interactions speak for themselves. Read more at Quartz at Work >>