Wednesday, July 04, 2018

US committed to inclusive women @workplace - ITREALMS Online

The United States Consul General F. John Bray has reiterated the commitment of the US government to inclusive women at the work place, reports ITRealms.

Speaking in Lagos on “Transforming the Future:  Women Mentoring Women in the Workplace” Tuesday, Mr. John Bray said they are committed to advocating for and including women in the workplace both in the United States and abroad.

He pointed out that the first female diplomat was hired in the 1920s but she had to resign when she married.

“The ‘marriage rule’ was not abolished until the late 1970s,” he said.

John Bray recalled that when he joined the Department, the State Department workforce was 27 per cent, were most of these people doing clerical work. 

“It is now 40 percent, but still not the 50 percent we are committed to achieving,” he said, stressing that the number of female diplomats has remained steady at 30 per cent for the past decade. 

“The percentage of senior positions held by women at the State Department is at an all-time high – 30 per cent,” he declared.

Pointing for instance, that through structured mentoring programmes run by Executive Women at State and our Human Resources bureau, the United States has been working to increase the number of women in line with our goal of having a workforce that reflects the makeup of U.S. society.

“To support women internationally, we established the office of Global Women’s affairs in 1995.  We have identified assisting women to achieve senior positions in both the private and public sector as a priority. One of the many programs that we have includes the Global Women’s Mentoring programme,” he said..

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