ITG awarded UN Gender Equity Seal
Software developer gets UN certification for equal opportunities commitment
Education and government solutions developer Integrated Technology Group (ITG) has been awarded the Gender Equity Seal by UN Women, the UN's organisation dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women.
The Gender Equity Seal recognises organisations that have adopted and implemented fair employment policies, procedures and practices that ensure equal opportunity and gender equity. ITG, which is based in Jordan, was also ranked first among all participating companies.
The GES was launched in Jordan by UN Women in mid-2012, and ITG was the first IT company to sign up to it, based on its belief of the significant role of such programs in the advancement of women's participation in the workforce. Over the course of the program, UN Women has organised a number of workshops and training sessions for participating companies. The GES program focuses on helping companies entrench gender equity and overall equal opportunity practices within their policies and procedures, and be reflected within their overall strategies and daily operations.
Batoul Ajlouni, ITG's VP for Business Development commented: "We are so proud to have been awarded the GES Seal, and I would like to thank HRH Princess Basma for sponsoring the ceremony and the UN Women team for their efforts and contribution. Women have a major role in the advancement of societies, and forming half of the population, they should have a much higher contribution to the economy."
"ITG is an equal opportunity company and has always been a promoter of gender equity. In fact, while the country average of women participation in the workforce across sectors is around 14%, ITG's staff includes 35% women on average. With this program however, we intend to improve this rate even further, and more importantly, increase women's participation in leading roles at the company," she added.
The Gender Equity Seal, issued by the UN Women Organization, is an initiative that seeks to institutionalise gender equity through embedding equality in policies and procedures, to facilitate equal opportunities in access to jobs, work conditions, as well as professional development, training, and participation in decision-making processes.