Dear friends and colleagues,
I am happy we have been celebrating International Women’s Day, it gives me much joy. My greatest wish, is that as we celebrate women in words, we also celebrate them in deed.
I am hoping that all of us will go back and change policies and practices that subjugate women’s rights and livelihood.
I am not an employee, yet I still face discriminatory practices as a woman. My personal experience as a pregnant woman last year had its fair share of discrimination. A business that my firm won was withdrawn because I was l pregnant. Our capability was questioned because I was pregnant. No need for details because this appeal is not about me.
This is about the many women in our workplaces whom our policies and practices put at a disadvantage.
Practices that make it difficult for women to thrive in the workplace.
- Discrimination at the point of hiring.
- Discrimination at the point of compensation.
- Discrimination at the point of paid leave.
- Discrimination at the point of promotion.
- Making assumptions about competence.
- Making assumptions on emotional intelligence.
- Second-guesing work commitment.
- Second-guessing judgment and decision-making abilities.
- Second guessing leadership skills.
- Belittling claims on sexual harassment.
- Being uncomfortable to speak up for the truth but rather standing up for unjust practices to remain popular with management.
- To the women- forgetting you are a woman and thinking you have to act like a man to succeed.
We talk about balance, please let us demonstrate balance. Because the woman you are discriminating against has a husband/partner/counterpart in another workplace that is walking free of discrimination. Real balance is equality and a level playing field.
International Women’s day is beyond celebrating women. Please review your policies and practices and support women in not just words but in deed.
Copyright 2019, Adora Ikwuemesi