The purpose of International Women’s Day is to celebrate the achievements of women across the world and bring awareness to gender equality rights. At Experian, we are enforcing diversity, equality and equal rights and feel that it is only right to celebrate this day! Overall in Experian at a global level we have a 43-57% split across the company of women and men hired. This is something we always have in mind upon every hiring process and is highly focused on by our Nordic HR Business Partner, Rikke Nielsen.
Although recent years we have seen large improvements on equal rights development, there is still a long way to go. Therefore, we decided to ask our Nordic Experian colleagues about their view on equal rights for women. Note that their expressed opinions are theirs and theirs alone and at Experian we are proud of what they have to say.
Watch the video where a mix of women and men in different roles express their views on #InternationalWomensDay, and have a read of our Nordic Customer Service Manager, Susanne Herforth’s opinion below.
What are some of the biggest challenges that women face today?
Unfortunately, I think there are still some employers out there who shy away from hiring women of a certain age. Women have children, go on maternity leave and have sick children. Even in the Nordics we still don’t have a 50/50 split on who stays at home with the kids. That is a real challenge. Some legislation is helping on this issue now, and so are flexible working terms. But employers also need to wise up to the fact that women (mothers) are a necessary ingredient in a diverse and vibrant working environment and provide those flexible terms that make it possible for employees to balance their work life with family life.
Another challenge lies within ourselves. We are simply not confident enough that we can do the job. I know it’s a bit of a cliché but there is some truth to it, when people say that a man needs to be able to answer yes to 2 of 10 bullets in an job advert to apply for the position, the woman will only apply if she can apply a checkbox to all 10. We need to build confidence in our daughters that they do not need to be perfect, and that no one expects them to know everything on their first day on the job.
Are there any assumptions about women that you would like to change and why?
I would rather change some assumptions about the IT business to make more women consider the IT world a place for them. I have been in the business for over 25 years, and since I became a hiring manager some 15 years ago, I have constantly struggled with finding qualified female applicants. I think we still have a reputation of being a business with lots of male nerds working with coding and numbers. Some of that is still true obviously, but some of the best software developers I have worked with are women, and there are also plenty of jobs in the business with more of a people focus. On top of that I have found, that some of the most flexible working terms are found within the IT business. We were among the first movers when it came to work-life balance, and in many jobs, it doesn’t matter where you work from, or at what hours. So that’s what I wish to see in the future – more women who dare to take a leap into the exciting and challenging world of IT.
Below are some pictures from other employees in the office celebrating International women’s day,