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Embracing Equity at Empresaria

07 March 2023 by Erin Smyth
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​This year's theme for International Women’s Day is #EmbraceEquity. The aim of the campaign theme is to understand the difference between equity and equality and get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren't enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.

By challenging gender stereotypes, calling out discrimination, drawing attention to bias, and seeking out inclusion we can create a fair and equal world for all. 

“Equity goes beyond having a mix of gender, generation and people from different cultural backgrounds. It is about embracing and celebrating all differences as well as creating a work environment where everyone is and feels seen, heard and valued. This creates a sense of safety and trust, promoting belonging which we embrace at LMA.”

Nikolai Balzer, LMA Recruitment UK

“We are a global business currently working with clients across 5 continents and candidates from 6 continents! Though we see women at all levels of aviation, representation is out of balance. We are fortunate to have some trailblazing women in aviation joining us next week for a webinar to discuss the important topic of gender diversity in our industry and how we can empower girls and young women to choose a future in the so-far typically male dominated environments of the cockpit or engineering. Our speakers from Africa and Europe will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience of the different levels of encouragement, support and opportunities needed across continents to work towards gender equity.”

Lisa Evans, Rishworth Aviation

“Equality is one of the core values at Medikumppani and therefore it’s embraced every day in many ways.  In our team each thought, and idea is heard, valued and appreciated. We understand that the best ideas are evolved together and therefore every role is equally important. Everyone is supported and offered the same fair opportunities to grow and every victory, big or small, deserves celebration. We understand that the way we treat, and respect others is always benefiting our candidates and clients too.”

Teija Koskinen, Medikumppani

“At Monroe, each job grade is paid the same, no matter age, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else. Every one of us have the same opportunity for promotion based on ability, facts and figures, not preferential treatment. In 18 years of this career, this is the only place I have known to operate like this.”

Kitty Noble, Monroe Consulting Thailand

“Here at Become, we always employ the best person for the job regardless of their gender, heritage, sexuality, or background. Over the years we’ve employed people from many different walks of life, and what I’ve learnt is that every individual is unique, so one size doesn’t fit all. We have an open office that celebrates equality and doesn’t tolerate discrimination of any kind. We try and make the workplace an inclusive, safe space where everyone can express their true authentic selves. 60% of our current team is female and we’ve always naturally had a higher ratio of women to men. We offer flexibility when it comes to things like childcare as juggling full-time careers with family can sometimes be tricky and unpredictable!”

Justin Moore, Become Recruitment

“We, at IMS, believe and strive to live, practice, and experience our values. I will take an example of one of our values, care. Respecting everyone and their perspectives, getting into their world, and nurturing relationships. Equality and diversity are at the heart of everything we do. Every individual may face unique personal and professional situations in their life. We understand their world by offering committed listening and providing support to the individuals. We manage such situations with the utmost care, and support them as much as we can, so that they can flourish.”

Swati Pandit, IMS Group

"As an employer, Become support and embrace working parents/working mums with the daily juggle with work, life balance! They offer hybrid working and flexible working arrangements. There is a strong “family comes first” approach which is supported by the management team, and the rest of the Become team!"

Kim Leavy, Become Recruitment

"At Grupo Solimano, we value and respect women in their different roles (mother, wife, daughter, grandmother, worker, etc.), all of which are accomplished with energy, courage, enthusiasm, creativity, and ingenuity. On this very special Women's Day, we want to tell you that we admire you for the fundamental and relevant role you play in the lives of all your families."

Luz Maria Huayllani Soria, Grupo Solimano

"At Become, I feel valued in not just being given equal opportunities to my peers with regards to promotion and progression, but my opinions and ideas are listened to, understood and encouraged. I always feel confident in my role to contribute input which makes me feel respected and appreciated." 

Amelie De Candolle, Become Recruitment

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