Gender equality and collaboration between people with different perspectives are a necessity to create better results and value for the future – and this must include changing the stereotypes that our future generation are facing.
Inclusiveness is at the heart of creating value by fostering innovation and good decision making. Not including the perspectives of half of the population would mean not considering their needs in developing solutions that will lead to a better world. Our purpose at EY is to ask better questions that will enable us and our clients to build a better working world. We all have different points of views, which all contribute to a better question and result in a better answer. Gender equality will also improve client services and profits as diversity in teams provides for wider range of perspectives, thus improves decision making and problem solving.
The International Women’s Day
My team and I sat down to discuss how we wanted to celebrate this year's International Women's day in line with our Global “She is the Answer. We are the Answer. #SheBelongs.” tagline. At first glance, it was quite bold to say that women were the answer. However, if we have teams in which women are not represented in equal numbers, the answer is quite simply to add more women to the team. But that led us to thinking, what about the men? In our discourse around gender equality, to be honest, our focus tends to be on women not having the same rights and choices that men have. But aren’t we making the same mistake by overlooking the discrepancy in this statement as well? Aren’t men also disadvantaged and do not have the same choices that women do. Do we really allow men to choose a family over a career? To be nurses or kindergarten teachers? Do we accept men who want to work less to pursue other interests and do we make them feel like less than they are if they are not the major breadwinners in the family? Our society has also created stereotypes for men that limit their options in life.