International Women’s Day – 2019
More than 140 years of empowering women at Ericsson
At Ericsson – in every role, in every country – women are helping us to transform the future of connectivity. In honor of International Women's Day, we are paying tribute to women everywhere, working with us to empower people, business, and our society. Ericsson has been operating for more than 140 years – and women have strongly contributed to the company's success.
For the 6th year in a row, we will celebrate the International Women's Day on March 8 globally – a day to reflect on our progress so far and future call for action.
Balance for better
Join us and many more to create awareness on the importance of gender balance as we rally around the global 2019 community theme #BalanceforBetter.
Lovia Oppong-Kyekyeku, Ghana: "There is a general imbalance of women in the workplace. The #BalanceforBetter initiative aims to have more women in workplaces, meaning more job opportunities for them as well as great career growth."
Strike a pose, take a photo, and share via media how and what part you will play for #BalanceforBetter. Don't forget to add the hashtags, #IWD2019 and #BalanceforBetter .
Manka Mishra, Project Lead, Sweden: "Research shows that diverse teams perform better. To me, #BalanceforBetter emphasizes the need for equal opportunities for all races, caste, culture, gender, faith, or religion. It imposes the need for a balanced view for a better future. Take away the biases and work towards a collaborative mindset."
What more are we doing as a company?
As a company we are making progress towards a better-balanced workforce, but we are not yet where we want to be. In 2013, we had 21% women in the workforce, today that number is 23%.
One issue that tech companies are facing is the overall limited number of talent within STEM subjects, in which the proportion of females continues to be disproportionately low. Ericsson is a longtime supporter of International Girls in ICT Day, the purpose of which is to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider career in ICT.
Connect to Learn is one of the concrete ways that we are working to support the education of women and girls. We strongly encourage girls to study STEM subjects that will prepare them for employment in the ICT sector. Gender diversity is important for us not only for business reasons but also because we know that jobs in the ICT sector have significant potential to help in the achievement of SDG 5 (gender equality and female empowerment).
We have also continued initiatives from previous years. Initiatives like: Systematic review and redesign of our job adverts to ensure gender neutral language and attractiveness for a wider audience reach. In addition to this, we would also like to highlight all the fantastic employee resource groups that we have within Ericsson who work to support, promote, and drive a diverse and inclusive working environment, and provide the organization their unique perspectives and insights. Examples of such groups are WE and Ericsdotter, for and by the women at Ericsson.
With this being said, we know we are not there yet, so we will continue to act for further change. Not only because it's the right thing to do but because we believe that diverse, inclusive teams drive performance and innovation, thus creating a greater business value. #BettertheBalance #BalanceforBetter
Learn more about gender equality at Ericsson.
Check out these interesting blogs by our women who share their stories, views on diversity and inclusion, and give the best tips on how to #BalanceforBetter.