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women make their way into the leadership of the sector

women make their way into the leadership of the sector

Progress in gender equality is growing steadily and, although it still reflects certain disparities in the industrial world, There is increasing female participation in relevant decisions. Two women leaders analyze the situation in the sector, one of them with vast experience; the other, a young industrialist. Two generations, gender equality as a fundamental objective.

The Global Female Leaders Outlook report, focused on Argentina, carried out annually by KMPG, seeks to highlight and understand the situation of women leaders in Argentina. The majority of those surveyed (33%) are Partners or Directors in their companies. Position that represents a key management role and an essential voice in a firm with several partners.

But this was not always like this and it explains it Eugenia Ctibormember of the board of directors of UIPBA and UIA, industrial woman with more than 20 years of experience in the ceramics field: “When I started, women faced many obstacles in a world with great male prominence.”

Currently, in management work tables, women are increasingly likely to enter there and set the course of business. The industrial “seedbed” begins to establish women as sectoral references and the emblematic case is that of Luciana Blasuccimetallurgical SME industrialist, first female President of UIPBA Joven and regional Vice President of UIA Joven.

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Although the achievements are evident, the leaders of the industrial sector agree that we must continue working on parity, and this is what Blasucci says: “The growth of women’s participation in the industry is a trend, but there is still a long way to go.” And he supports his opinion with statistical data: “Only 19% of salaried employment in the industry is female and in the case of SMEs, 1 in 3 companies has more than 20% of management positions occupied by women.” .

Eugenia believes in the same way and says: “The industry is in the midst of a transformation process, we are going through a paradigm shift and at times we realize how much we still need to go through.”

According to data from the UIPBA, Buenos Aires land represents 49% of the country’s industrial GDP. In that territory, the government counts around 196 industrial groups, distributed in 107 municipalities. 60% of them are in the interior and 40% in the AMBA.

In that sense, more and more women are embarking on entrepreneurship, as detailed in the “Diagnosis of the factors that affect the business development of Argentine women” prepared by UIPBA, the ILO, UN Women and financed by the European Union, which explicitly details “Independence in the employment relationship is configured as the main driver for entrepreneurship among women, which is linked to the need for work-family/life balance.”

The glass ceiling is still there, but greater female participation in senior positions seems to be the path taken by the industrial sector and to a large extent that is where women are making their way to hierarchical positions. Something that the young metallurgist identifies as fundamental: “Today, at UIPBA, 17 women have positions within the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the Accounts Audit Commission, something key for integration and equality in participation in decision-making”. This is something that, according to her, is fundamental for equality, the role of associations as a driving force that promotes the participation of women in strategic positions. Furthermore, she adds that “there is an increasingly stronger agenda on this issue.”

At what age does a woman move into management positions?

According to the consulting firm’s study, ages and times play a key role in the hierarchical ladder of companies, even more than that of men. 71% of Argentine leaders have been in office for more than 5 years and only 4% took a new position in the last year. All the executives who participated held management positions and the majority (38%) have done so for more than 20 years.

In this sense, the member of the board of directors of UIPBA and UIA, says: “I have been working in the sector for more than two decades and, from my personal case, I can say that I notice that great trust was generated so that I could be occupying this position. I insist that it was not easy, but it was worth it because the changes we see indicate that we can change gender conceptions.”

The statistics also reveal that 91% of women in senior positions are over 40 years of age. The rest (9%) are in the age range of between 30 and 39 years. 79% of those surveyed have children and, according to their responses, 83% of that percentage has support in managing family life.

This data marks a real advance in the distribution of household chores and childcare. Historically, women have been responsible for everything related to care tasks, functioning as an obstacle in the professional lives of executives who had to dedicate more hours than their male colleagues to household demands. This asymmetry in the distribution of tasks meant that women could not dedicate the same time to work as their male colleagues.

This is how Eugenia highlights it: “Little by little, some crystallized cultural notions about the roles assigned to each gender are beginning to break. Like any historical process, it needs time to strengthen and show profound results.”

For his part, Blasucci reflects: “It is essential to continue making visible and fundamentally promoting and advising on gender policies so that more and more industries understand equity as their cultural value.” And he concludes: “Our role is to pave the way so that the woman who comes behind has a slightly easier journey.”

Source: Ambito

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