It was famous leader Mao Zedong who said the Chinese proverb, "Women hold up half the sky".
The poetic phrase was in reference to women’s rights and gender equality. Over four decades have since passed—but are we there yet? Do women enjoy equal treatment as men, especially in the workplace?
Unfortunately, women in Singapore are still being paid 20 per cent less than men, according to a study conducted by Australia-based finance site Finder. And these results were from as recent as February this year. The study ranked 16 countries based on 10 metrics, including the percentage of retirement savings women have compared to men as well as paid holiday leave, to determine which nation is the best country for working women. Singapore came in last.
In fact, we fared the worst for these three metrics: total holiday leave, the gender pay gap and average working hours. While this may sound daunting and insipid to many, all is not lost because there’s one woman in Singapore who still has hope—and she’s trying to start a movement. Enter Sabrina Ho.
The go-getter is the director of KS Global Group, an executive search business, and has been in the recruitment industry for more than 10 years. It’s safe to say that she has seen her fair share of unique challenges faced by women. And this spurred her on to do more for gender diversity in the workplace, leading to her starting a career platform for women in Singapore.
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