The Programme targets six critical areas including the elimination of gender-based pay gaps; the increase of women’s role in decision-making; the enhancement of work-life balance; the enhancement of women’s/men’s access to non-traditional jobs; and the eradication of sexual harassment at work.
Commenting on the new Programme, the Chairperson of the Private Sector Federation Mr. Benjamin Gasamagera welcomed the initiative and reiterated PSF’s commitment to make it successful.
“Achieving gender quality at work is the fair and the right thing to do and is linked to Rwanda’s overall economic performance. The GES shall improve national productivity and economic growth; increase organizational performance; enhance the ability of companies to attract talent, retain employees and enhance organizational reputation,” said Gasamagera.
The Gender Monitoring Office, being a gender accountability organ, said the GES Programme in the private sector is a great step towards the government’s efforts to promote gender accountability for sustainable development.
“The GES Certification Programme comes at the right time when the Government of Rwanda has positioned the private sector as the engine of the national economy. As an accountability organ, we strongly believe that no sustainable development can be achieved when a group of Rwandan citizens are left behind or treated unequally in the workplace. Giving equal opportunities to both men and women to participate fully in the workforce is not only a great contribution to improving their lives as employees but also a strategy to increase the organizational productivity and an approach for sustained economic returns,” said the Chief Gender Monitor, Mrs Rose Rwabuhihi.
Statistics show that in Rwanda, women`s labour force participation is lower than that of men, 42% and 58% respectively and women are paid 27% less than men.
"When women work, economies grow. We need to create a work place that work for women and allow them to thrive and live up to their full potential," says Mrs. Fatou Lo, UN Women Representative in Rwanda.