Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to address the urgent challenges facing the world, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. One of the most important goals is Gender Equality, which aims to ensure that women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys to access education, employment, healthcare and political representation.
Gender inequality is a pervasive and deep-rooted problem that affects women and girls around the world. Despite progress in recent years, women still face significant barriers to achieving their full potential, including unequal pay, limited access to education and healthcare. Another important target of SDG 5 is to ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
It is important to have women in leadership positions, as they bring valuable perspectives and insights to the table. In CTAPPS, we managed to promote gender equality within the company and in the broader tech industry. We are able to achieve this as the CEO of the company Ann Khoo consistently supports this concept. One way she does this is by implementing policies and practices that promote gender diversity and inclusion within the company. This includes measures such as setting gender diversity targets for hiring and promotion, providing equal pay and benefits for all employees regardless of gender and offering flexible working arrangements to help employees balance work and family responsibilities.
The ratio of female to male employees at CTAPPS is nearly equivalent. This is a significant achievement and it demonstrates a commitment to gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Business Harvard Review has shown that companies with greater gender diversity tend to be more innovative and productive. In CTAPPS, we practice the culture of removing any barriers that may be preventing women from advancing in their careers such as unconscious bias, lack of access to mentorship and training or gender-based stereotypes. We value everyone’s voices and ensure ideas and perspectives are given equal weight to those of female and male colleagues.
We hope we can set an example for other companies in the tech industry, demonstrating the importance of gender diversity and the benefits that it can bring to the workplace and society as a whole. Achieving gender equality is not only a matter of social justice but also a key driver of sustainability. In conclusion, gender equality is a fundamental human right and a key driver of sustainable development. Achieving the Gender Equality goal (SDG 5) requires united action and political will to address the root causes of gender inequality, promote women's empowerment and leadership. By working together towards this goal, we can create a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world for all.