Progress on Gender Equality in Pakistan Reported by Male Champions of Change

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The Male Champions of Change Pakistan Group has released its first progress report, showcasing their efforts towards accelerating gender equality and women’s representation in their organizations. The 2022 Progress Report presents the results for member organizations and was signed off by the group during their first meeting in 2023, hosted by Aamir Ibrahim, Jazz CEO. Aamir Ibrahim emphasized the importance of public reporting on the impact of the actions they are taking as leaders, which is integral to their commitment to drive change in their organizations and society.

The group is committed to continuing their efforts towards gender equality in 2023, and the convenor of MCC Pakistan, Fiza Farhan, highlighted that leaders in Pakistan coming together and committing to collective action gives hope for a more progressive and equitable future for women and girls. The progress report measures individual and group initiatives to accelerate gender equality in MCC Pakistan’s organizations.

Over the past twelve months, the group has continued their work on enabling flexible work, gender-balanced recruitment, and creating a gender-balanced public image. They also extended their focus areas mid-year to include preventing and addressing sexual harassment, understanding and closing gender pay equity gaps, and conducting Listen and Learn activities around everyday respect and Everyday Champions of Change.

The Male Champions of Change Pakistan results also demonstrate year-on-year progress on gender balance in leadership teams and across all key indicators of leadership pipeline and representation. They achieved or moved closer to gender balance across 47.8% of leadership categories in 2022.

The progress report also showcases the members’ efforts towards mainstreaming flexibility in work and care, creating respectful, inclusive workplaces for all employees, and advancing women’s representation in leadership. The report indicates that 61.9% of members have mainstreamed flexible work with policy, tools, and technology, and leadership support, up from 50.0% in 2021. 71.4% of members have policies or initiatives in place to enable flexible access to parental leave for all parents.

Moreover, 90.5% of members have taken specific action to address backlash and amplify buy-in on gender equality, and 90.5% of board and/or executive leadership teams have committed to eradicating sexual harassment and articulated their zero-tolerance position. The report also indicates that 81.0% of members have established regular reporting on sexual harassment into their regular board and/or executive leadership team reporting cycles.

In conclusion, the Male Champions of Change Pakistan Group’s progress report highlights their efforts towards creating diverse and inclusive workplaces, promoting gender equality, and accelerating women’s representation in leadership. The report showcases their year-on-year progress and their commitment to driving change in their organizations and society.

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