Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. To help celebrate, I want to highlight some of the key steps that we take here at Belatrix to promote women in our company and within the industry.
While data on the percentage of female computer programmers in Latin America is hard to come by, in Peru for example, a Mozilla Firefox survey from 2014 found just 7 percent of Peru’s tech-industry employees are women. Hiring more women doesn’t just make good business sense, but will also play a role in reducing inequality and spurring economic growth throughout Latin America.
While there is a lot of rhetoric about the need to hire more female technologists, there is a lot more that can be done- the industry continues to be highly male-dominated. In Latin America this is even more the case than in the USA, where leading tech giants such as Google have been criticised for their lack of female employees. These are some of the steps we’ve taken, and we hope that other organizations can use and adopt them:
We recognize it is an ongoing challenge to increase the number of female employees in a male dominated industry. Measuring these efforts is critical, and so far we have increased the proportion of women to nearly one-third of employees (from less than a quarter 3 years ago). While there is still a way to go, we believe these efforts are having an effect.
In our experience there are numerous business benefits to having a more balanced workplace. These benefits are also supported by research — for example, a study by McKinsey & Company found that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. However while it’s good to hear that there are business benefits, let’s instead simply look to the words of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who when asked last year why gender equality is important, said “Because it’s 2015”.
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