International Women's Day
Hi Janne, what does International Women’s Day mean to you?
Janne: For me personally celebrating the International Women’s Day is very important. It is a day where we honor the women who initially started this movement and thus paved the way for us. They didn’t have the same opportunities as we do nowadays. Women way back had to fight for their rights – be it the right to vote, to work, to simply take part in society and become independent. And because of their bravery and commitment, women nowadays can go to work, be in politics, state their opinion and thus impact society. However, I have the feeling that we sometimes tend to take this for granted. That’s why we need to use a day like this to remind ourselves that these opportunities didn’t come by themselves.
What is your take on this year’s theme #breakthebias?
Janne: As a Diversity Ambassador and working in HR, I think it is very important to put this topic into focus. When we hire people, interview them, or offer promotions we have to focus on the person itself and on their competencies. People shouldn’t be treated differently because they are male or female. But unfortunately, that’s not reality. Especially females still have to fight with many biases. For example, that women don’t have what it takes to be a manager or that they shouldn’t be hired as they may go on maternity leave. I know it sounds silly, but this is really what some still unconsciously believe. In my position I try my best to overcome and eliminate such biases. I speak with the hiring managers, and we carry out training sessions to make sure that unconscious bias doesn’t impact our decisions. Of course, we also still have a way to go, but we are getting there step by step.