Srividya Kannan, Founder & CEO, Avaali Solutions
“Women still need to be more represented in the technology world. Despite improvements, women remain significantly underrepresented in this sector. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), only 26% of people in technology jobs are female, and only 18% of computer science graduates are women. This data shows that there is still room for improvement regarding gender parity in technology.
There has been some progress, with tech firms increasing women’s participation in their organizations; however, much more needs to be done. Beyond the numbers, more must be done to ensure women are given equal promotion and leadership opportunities within the industry. Companies should also focus on creating an inclusive environment free from discrimination or harassment so all employees feel comfortable and valued.
There is a need for more excellent representation of women in the technology sector if we want to create an equitable and diverse workforce. By investing in programs that encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM-related education, companies can help foster a new generation of tech professionals who represent our society as a whole.
Our organisation is taking significant steps to create a sustainable pipeline of the best available talent and increase women's representation at senior levels. Our recruitment process has been enhanced with better policies and practices that provide equal consideration for all applicants. We actively focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives to build a more gender-diverse workforce. We are proud to share that over 45% of our employee strength is women due to our focus on DEI initiatives.
We understand the importance of creating an inclusive culture at work and have set up practices to ensure this happens. For example, we are conscious about even using words – typically, conversations refer to using words such as 'he/him' considered generally acceptable, and we actively discourage this behaviour. We hold ourselves accountable for providing all employees equal opportunities without gender bias. Our managers are oriented towards the priority of competence versus gender, and we ensure that each individual gets treated fairly regardless of gender identity or background.
We are delighted with our progress so far and will continue to focus on DEI initiatives that support our commitment towards creating a more balanced and diverse workplace.”
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