Friday, March 24, 2017

Diversity is about respect, not empathy - CAMPAIGN MAGAZINE

by Jane Lin-Baden
Originally published: March 22, 2017

I am fortunate to work in an agency in a country where women’s talents are given equal opportunity to shine.

In my experience with other companies, this hasn’t always been the case, but I think that often inequality isn’t the result of people’s bad intentions or deliberate choices, but rather of ignorance, assumptions and perception. And this applies to both women and men.

In some countries in Asia, marriage and family are key reasons for women to choose not to continue to develop a career of their own. In other countries, men who want to work flexible hours in order to spend more time with their children are either not given that choice, or their choice is not respected.