On the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2019 our coworking space in Zagreb, Hub385, hosted a panel discussion with experts and supporters of gender equality. Studies clearly show that gender-equitable teams are more creative and productive, with better outcomes for both the company and society as a whole. As a consequence, Ikea Croatia, the European Parliament Information Office in the Republic of Croatia and the daily Croatian newspaper Jutarnji list organized the conference “Equality is better for all”.
Gender equality is a daring issue in Croatia
More than 150 attendees mingled in the modern Hub385 coworking space in the heart of Zagreb to discuss the daring issue of gender equality in Croatia. In private companies, only 22 % of women work in leadership positions, and the situation in the public sector is alarming with only 5 % of women being responsible for management tasks.
Leading examples of gender equality
They do exist, the good examples of real progress. Ikea has just launched an initiative called Gender Equality Alliance, which yesterday was solemnly signed by six prominent companies committed to promoting gender equality in Croatia.
Further, they pledged to encourage other companies to move in the same direction. They were joined by Atlantic Grupa, Coca-Cola HBC Croatia, Tele2, Oriflame and AstraZeneca. Meanwhile, the European Union is supporting a new directive aimed at improving the balance between the business and private lives of parents and caregivers. Among other things, this directive introduces the rule that new fathers can stay at home for at least ten working days. In this way, men are more involved in childcare and the position of women is strengthened in the workplace since the directive has a balancing effect in terms of absence due to the birth of a child.
Overall, the participants agreed that everything starts with good business management to make gender quality a part of a company’s DNA. Equality is supposed to be an integral part of all business processes and strategic planning as it is vital for the profitability of organizations.
Gender equality in coworking spaces
Coworking Spaces are the new places where gender equality is taking place, as the new generation of workers and entrepreneurs are now looking for a home in rented office space.
Unfortunately, in many coworking spaces, an imbalance between men and women can be observed. The proportion of women is low when looking at self-employment numbers and the gender pay gap, especially in the tech industries, is large. However, the figures for the Global Coworking Survey also show that the proportion of women is steadily rising.
With a mission to advance gender equality in the workplace by supporting women at any level, we at rent24 and our partners want to push the boundaries of the way we live today. Our positions are open for female game changers across all departments, and we are proud of the diversity we have achieved within our company so far.
Almost half of the rent24 members we are hosting in our coworking spaces are female. For them, we offer various events, such as the Female Founders Fireside Chat in Bremen. The conference at Hub385 is a leading example. We thank all participants for the trust in us. We are proud to have been the host of this significant event!
Author: Aline Dörfert, Senior Content Manager rent24