Gender imbalance and the experiences of women and men in business and society have consequences for both organisations and the communities they serve. Across the African continent specifically, progress has been made in recent years to overcome discriminations, but efforts remain to be made. We spoke to two INSEAD Global Executive MBA alumnae who are playing a key role to advance conversations around gender parity and diversity in the region.
An ally is any person who takes actions, whether they be big or small, and works in solidarity and partnership with marginalised groups of people to take down the systems that challenge their basic rights, equal access, and ability to thrive in our society. Allyship is a journey of life-long learning.
There’s increasing awareness about gender equality across the globe. It’s a conversation that’s happening over and over again. According to a recent Atlassian survey, 80% of respondents think diversity and inclusion are important to creating a successful workplace. But unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet to help businesses achieve gender parity.
Does one need permission to aspire to be more? Is it crazy to hope to make a difference in the world? Is limiting ourselves to our circumstances the sensible thing to do? Not at INSEAD. Here, you’ll find common ground, equal footing, and support for all ambitions. Because your ambition isn’t defined by your gender. It’s defined by you. Come, dream limitless.
A good mentorship scheme can be the catalyst that takes a promising career to the next level. As research shows, mentors can help rising stars further their prospects, build their networks, and get concrete professional advice and guidance.
What are the meaningful ways that women and gender-diverse individuals can be hired and authentically included in a company’s leadership?
What does ambition mean to you? Do we define success the same for both men and women? In episode 4, we discuss how ambition doesn't favour any particular gender and how you can support gender initiatives in your career and leadership positions. INSEAD is committed to developing the next generation of global leaders who will change the world with initiatives such as the Force for Good Campaign and the INSEAD Gender Initiative. Find out what the next generation of leaders can do to facilitate women’s success in business? Joining us in Episode #4:
What does ambition mean to you? Do we define success the same for both men and women? Find out how our alumni found common ground and an equal footing to soar; and discover a place that encourages your ideas, supports your ambitions and brings out the best in you. INSEAD celebrates ambitious people who place no limits on the size of their dreams and dare to push beyond barriers to conquer obstacles in their lives.
In middle management, women represent 50% and yet, less than 10% cent are in C-suite roles. So what’s stopping women from stepping up and taking on more roles in senior management? Articles and research papers by INSEAD and other institutions reveal the challenges women face at their workplace, and what both organisations and women themselves can do to make leadership opportunities available to all genders. INSEAD staff and alumni also share their views and experiences on the issue.
The Women in Business Club aims to support gender diversity in the workforce by raising awareness of gender-related issues and by providing a networking platform for women and men who want to create more inclusive work spaces.