The day was observed under the global theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world,” while in Rwanda, the theme was “Women at the forefront in the Covid-19 World.”
The International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while also making a call to action for strengthening gender equality and accelerating women’s empowerment.
The day has been celebrated during COVID-19 pandemic which has caused unprecedented effects in different aspects of life especially affecting women’s employment.
At least 3 million African women lost jobs while 1.3 million stopped applying for jobs in 2020 due to Coronavirus.
To ensure equal rights, public and private institutions need to harness gender balance policy by promoting equitable opportunities.
At Government level, Rwanda has been commended globally for efforts in establishing policies and laws aimed at promoting women empowerment in different aspects.
Today, Rwanda is now a global leader in women participation in legislative decision-making positions with 61.3% female members of Parliament and also ranked 9th globally in closing gender gaps according to the Global Gender Gap Report, 2020.
In addition, 53% of the Cabinet members are women, among the Judges and clerks, women stand at 49.7% while in the local government leadership, women occupy 45.2 % as Members of District Councils.
As one of institutions operating in Rwanda, SKOL Brewery Ltd (SBL), a beer and non-alcoholic beverages manufacturing company, recognizes that supporting diversity, equality and engagement is not only the right thing to do but pertinent for our business.
It is against this background that the beverage manufacturer has reiterated commitment to continue promoting inclusive internal policies facilitating women to enjoy equal rights and opportunities at workplace.
According to the company’s management, this commitment is intertwined into our values and beliefs that the company embraces regardless of gender, civil status, skin color and origin.
“That means both building a more diverse, more inclusive workplace, and promoting what we call courageous engagement in our company and the communities we serve. Though inequality is still present in some organizations, we chose to practice equity and equality at our workplace. This is ensured by the Management Team that takes ownership of internal policies to make sure people are offered equal opportunity and employees are treated equally all the time be it during the hiring process or the time an employee spends with the company,” asserts the company.
“In all aspects of employment, such as recruitment, contracting suppliers, compensation and benefits, training, promotion, and transfer, SBL ensures that candidates are selected on merit, their competences and experience. At no stage characteristics like gender, age, religious believes or any similar factors which the law and its values proscribe, are considered to select one candidate over another,” adds SBL management.
The International Women’s Day was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 9, 1911. More than one million women and men attended the rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
SKOL Brewery Ltd has existed on Rwanda’s market since 2010 producing beer and soft drinks including SKOL Malt, SKOL Gatanu, SKOL Lager, SKOL Panache Virunga Mist and Gold as well as recently launched Mineral Water traded under the brand of ’Virunga’.