The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 was ‘Choose To Challenge.’ “We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.” said the organisers of the International Women’s Day global collective movement.
In Singapore, various indicators such as women’s literacy rate, labour participation rate and proportion of women among Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) graduates have shown women making a lot of progress. “50% of IHL graduates are female graduates. The question is where have they gone? They don’t seem to be in the semiconductor industry,” said Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State for Education and Social and Family Development, in her speech at the Semiconductor Women’s Forum. She encouraged HR teams, leaders and managers to play their part to have more women in the workplaces and support women in their career. She mentioned more male staff could be invited to be part of this journey, as their involvement and support of the women around them would go a long way towards a supportive workplace culture. Ministry of Social and Family Development has dedicated 2021 as the Year of Celebrating SG Women. It encourages all of us to come together as a community to take stock of the progress of our women, our society, and how we can continue to support these aspirations. It is also important for companies in the semiconductor industry to recognise the significance of having more women in the sector. More so, now than ever, for us to emerge stronger from COVID-19.