A centuries-old fight that is currently gaining new momentum. The fight against gender inequality and violence against women is felt everywhere around the world—on the streets, at the office, at school, in arts, in music, in politics. Protests are building a new world with more justice, more honesty and more energy. The energy of empowered women will change the future of our society.
Taking Part to Achieve Real Change
Gender equality is practised every day at Enel Peru. Promoting inclusion is a daily and sustainable task, and its results have become part of our organisational culture. Many women hold positions of managers and heads, performing tasks that used to be considered men preserve. “Women are passionate about work. Maternal instinct makes us take a project and make it our own, that is why we try to lead it in the best possible way”, says Ysabel Zorrilla, Engineer and Manager of High-Tension Projects.
In 2015, the Peruvian Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations awarded us the “Seal of Safe Company, Free of Violence and Discrimination against Women” for our efforts in promoting gender equality. At Enel Peru, 30% of workers are women and seven of them are part of the Management Committee.
In August 2016, some months after we received such award, we participated in the “Ni una menos” (Not One Less) national campaign through a sit-up outside our headquarters; a great number of our workers got involved. The aim was to take a stand against physical and psychological violence against women.
Find a Balance between Work and Family
Teleworking is an option that bridges the gap between work and family life, especially for working mothers. Flexible working times and ‘balance days’ (an additional day to holidays) are some of the benefits that Enel Peru offers to women and men working in the organisation.
We were also awarded for this practice. The Peruvian Ministry of Labour and Promotion of Employment honoured us with the first place in the “Good Labour Practices 2015” contest for being a role model company nationwide and promoting fundamental rights.
Great changes begin with decisive actions that spread little by little to build a new reality, a future with justice for all, where gender equality and the fight for a better future are everybody’s objective.