On 29 May, our founder Sabrina Ho attended the inaugural Women in IT Asia Awards at Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore for half the sky's nomination of Diversity Initiative of the Year.
The celebrative evening started by an inspring speech from the Minister of Manpower and Second Minister of Home Affairs Josephine Teo, in her speech she has addressed as much as women in Singapore have made tremendous progress, we are still juggling between career and family and it means some women have not gone as far as they could have. Academically, women do just as well, if not better. At the early stages of their career, progress is not visibly slower, however, fast forward 10-20 years, we see their representation among senior management sliding to around 30%. In many cases, the years committed to care-giving resulted in missed opportunities for advancement and after taking time out, returning to previously held positions proved difficult.
Minister Teo also expressed that workplace culture clearly matters as it shapes how people feel about pursuing their aspirations for marriage and parenthood. It influences their sense of empowerment, to use policies like paternity leave provisions or to ask for flexible-work arrangements and ultimately, it impacts how working parents, especially mothers, fulfil their career potential.
Here's our Founder Sabrina Ho with Minister Josephine Teo.
half the sky is a career platform connecting female talent to better jobs at companies that care™, we believe that we as a woman should be able to excel in our career and be a wife, mother, daughter or any other roles we desire. Having a career should not get in the way of you being you and that is why HTS was created to empower you to grow your career by connecting you with companies that value women in their organizations.
The Women in It Awards Asia 2019 shines a light on female talent achieving success in the sector. We are also very grateful to be nominated alongside with JP Morgan, Thoughtworks, She Loves Data, The Codette Project, CodingGirls, SHE Blockchainers and Singapore Computer Society for Diversity Initiative of the Year. This category focuses on a specific diversity initiative or project that has been established to promote diversity in IT: in a specific company or for the wider community. Judges will assess the impact of this project and how successful it has been – based on tangible results – in closing the gender gap and promoting diversity in tech.
Our Founder Sabrina Ho with The Winner of Women Of The Year Award Carolyn Chin-Parry.
About half the sky
half the sky (HTS) is a career platform for women in Asia. We connect women to career opportunities at companies that care. We also want to equip you with information, tips and strategies to navigate the workplace today and the future.
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