7 tips for achieving gender balance in your organization

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Over half of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s — or UNISDR — current staff is made up of female employees. The U.N. agency — which is one of only seven to have achieved this balance as of December 2016 — worked hard to accomplish this milestone and efforts to maintain the balance are ongoing. Devex spoke with the UNISDR head, Robert Glasser, to find out how they did it and what tips and advice he would offer to other organisations trying to achieve the same.

Here are seven ways an organization can help make gender parity a reality.

1. Leadership dedicated to achieving gender balance

When asked how they managed this gender-equal employee make-up, Glasser responded with a modest laugh, “First, I guess just starting with me.” In order to lead the way to achieving gender balance within an organization, it is crucial to have a leader that is fully on-board and spearheading the change.

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    Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters is a Reporting and Communications Associate based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to Devex’s global development audience. Lottie is a recent graduate with a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.