For technology provider Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT), gender equality is a matter close to their hearts. Emma Armytage, HR Director, and member of HLT’s management team related the company’s stance on this important topic.
“International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, as well as to reflect on the ongoing struggle for gender equality,” Armytage said.
“One area where gender inequality persists is in male-dominated industries such as ours, where women often face barriers to entry, advancement, and recognition.”
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“However, progress is being made, and this year’s theme, “Choose to Challenge,” encourages individuals and organisations to actively challenge gender bias and inequality.” In male-dominated industries, women are often excluded from decision-making positions, and their contributions are undervalued or ignored. This lack of inclusion not only harms individual women but also limits the potential of the industry as a whole.
“Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion are more innovative, productive, and profitable. Therefore, it is important to create a culture that values and supports women’s participation and leadership,” HLT Chief Executive Officer, Yuval Baruch, said.
“At HLT we actively encourage our female staff members to have their say and we value their contribution.”
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“Our senior management team is predominately female-led and we have a strong female presence across all our business domains.”
International Women’s Day is a reminder that gender inequality is still a major challenge, notes Armytage, but it is also an opportunity to celebrate the progress that has been made and to commit to further action.
“By choosing to challenge gender bias and inequality, we can create a more inclusive and equitable world for all,” she concluded.