Experts have identified discrimination every fifth women in business

Experts have identified discrimination every fifth women in business

Every fifth business woman in Russia from time to time experiencing discrimination at work, the survey of Thomson Reuters.

Almost every fifth (21%) woman ever had to experience discrimination at work.

They often face discrimination based on gender (31%), authoritarian management style (31%) and discrimination due to age (13%), found company Thomson Reuters (TR), interviewing thousands of women in managerial positions in various departments of Russian and international companies.

79% noted a large scatter of ages and skills in their teams, 75% said about non-discrimination on religious or ethnic lines.

But the high proportion of women in management of their companies reported only 40% of survey participants.

In the opinion of the overwhelming majority of women surveyed, companies encourage cultural and gender diversity primarily in order to increase profits (82%).

The second reason, according to a quarter of respondents, the improvement of the reputation of the company. And only 7% is explained by the need to comply with the legislation.

Slightly less than half (46%) believe that granting women equal rights with men is a major factor required for the development of diversity of business. More than a third of women raised the issue of more attentive relation to people with disabilities, yet the same on the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of age.

Diversity increases creativity of employees and stimulate the creation of innovations, considers 86% of the respondents. In addition, the range of opinions leads to a more informed and objective decision-making process, convinced 75% of the interviewees TR. Finally, just under half of respondents (43%) believe that due to the mixing of cultures and skills in companies is growing tolerance, and the level of discrimination is reduced.

About half of the women in business (46%) believe in the development of diversity in Russian corporations, but I think that most companies are now not considered the development of diversity and inclusion to a business priority.

A third of participants (32%) of the survey are pessimistic: the question of diversity is not interested in the leadership of the Russian companies and will not soon become significant. Only 18% of respondents believe that the dynamics of diversity will be positive.

In 2016, Russia took the 75th place in the world ranking of equality between women and men, contained in the annual report of the world economic forum (WEF).

The ranking includes 144 of the state. The top three also includes Iceland, Finland and Norway. Russia was in the list between Venezuela and Romania.

For the ranking in the WEF compares information about the rights and roles of women and men in different areas of social, economic and political life. In Russia, the disparity was much less than the leaders, but above average.

It is best in such indicators as education, health and economic sphere (45,40 and 41 respectively). However, in the “political power”, the WEF has placed Russia only 129.

According to estimates by the WEF to overcome the gender gap in the world may need an average of 83 years. However, if you are in education that can be achieved in 10 years, the economy it can take 170 years.