Gender equality is a topic that’s close to heart for me.
Being a HR practitioner, we are often in the front line, directly contributing to the creation of a creating a fair, diverse and inclusive work environment.
Being a father to my daughter, I do hope that my baby girl will enter the working world without the bias of gender and shine like she meant to be.
Today’s International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day is the day where we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a call to action for us to accelerate gender parity.
Some of you may remember my previous blog on my letter to my little girl pledging my support for the HeForShe movement. I would like to take this opportunity to renew my commitments and “challenge bias and inequality”! #BeBoldForChange
I will challenge bias and inequality:
- query all-male speaking panels
- pull people up on exclusive language
- challenge stereotypes
- call it out when women are excluded
- monitor the gender pay gap
- point out bias and highlight alternatives
- call for diverse candidate shortlists
- embrace inclusive leadership
- redefine the status quo
You can click here to join me in pledging your commitment to “challenge bias and inequality” (Click here to join me in my commitment). (I’m #29,546 to take action!)
Let’s see how many commitments I can gather from my little call to action!
While there is a lot of coverage International Women’s Day, and I guess we’ve all became quite aware of what it is. I think it is still useful to remind ourselves on what it stands for, and consciously act in ways that makes our world a fairer one.
Finally, I hope in my little voice today, I would like to ask each of you to #BeBoldForChange and commit to ending bias and inequality.
Happy International Women’s Day!
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Eric Wong is APAC Head of Talent Acquisition Leader at Fitbit. His experience spans across the various human resource functions such as HR Information Systems, Business Partnering and Talent Management. Eric currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS). Connect with him on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter @ErickyWong.