父亲节快乐！Happy Father's Day!
今年六月，Ladies Who Tech向我们生命中的所有父亲与特殊的男性致敬。这些男性作为盟友，致力于与女性建立伙伴关系并挑战使女性处于不利地位的组织结构；推动公司内部的多元化和包容性，同时为战胜社会性别不平等做出巨大贡献。
Growing up, we learned that although our fathers weren't men of many words, their actions spoke volumes. From them, we learned what a selfless leader and ally is like: protective, supportive, patient and always giving.
This June, Ladies Who Tech is honoring all fathers and the special men in our lives, who have been incredible allies committed to building partnerships with women and challenging organizational structures that put women at a disadvantage. These men have driven diversity and inclusion within their companies while contributing significantly to the fight against gender inequality in society.
In the following weeks, we will be sharing the stories of such men – who are leading by example by enlisting themselves as champions of women's rights while inspiring those around them to do the same. We are proud to acknowledge and thank these inspiring male allies, at the same time heartened to see that we aren't alone on this journey.
性别平等应当成为规范与社会常态 Gender equality should be the norm
“在我从事技术行业的整个职业生涯中，无论当时的我居住在哪个国家或地区，我都很幸运能够加入在性别、种族和年龄普遍多元的团队中。工作场所的性别多样性对我来说这是一直是一种规范。” Garry告诉Ladies Who Tech。
Garry也是Ladies Who Tech忠实的男性盟友。他经常通过演讲、培训和参与各种小组讨论，包括作为嘉宾参与去年在上海举办的年度大会，为Ladies Who Tech坚持的性别多元化做出贡献。
his week, we had the pleasure of chatting with Garry Sien, Regional Senior Solutions Architect for Fintech and Innovation at Alibaba Cloud. Based in Hong Kong, Garry is responsible for product and fintech innovation at the cloud computing arm of Alibaba, in particular on building ecosystem and driving market strategies to help companies transform in today's digital economy era. Prior to joining Alibaba Cloud, Garry was most recently ANZ China's Head of Technology based in Shanghai.
"All along my career in the technology profession, I was very fortunate to have been in teams that have been generally diverse in gender, ethnicity and age, regardless of the countries that I have lived in. Gender diversity in the workplace has always been the norm for me," Garry told Ladies Who Tech.
As a result, Garry has always tried to consciously seek out female candidates as part of any hiring process. He made sure that the pile of CVs handed to him for review would include female candidates.
"The last time I requested to see more resumes of female candidates, I ended up hiring a woman. She was the most qualified candidate and the best fit for the team," he said.
"To have female workers in the team isn't just for the sake of appearances or numbers. Everywhere I've worked, having a more gender diverse team significantly improves interaction and collaboration, and we would come up with solutions that take a more holistic approach by considering broader factors," he said.
And Garry is right. Research on group behaviour shows that the collective intelligence of work teams rises when more female members are added. These teams perform better by building meaningful relationships and creating successful work processes, leading to better products and higher sales and profits.
"As men, our role is to treat gender equality as the norm. Don't ask 'why diversity?', ask 'why not?'” he said.
Garry has also been a dedicated male ally to Ladies Who Tech and often contributes to the cause by giving speeches, trainings and contributing at various panel discussions, including last year's Ladies Who Tech convention in Shanghai.
"Supporting this key diversity agenda is a no-brainer. We all need to take this step," he said.
As a father of two boys, aged six and four, Garry is deeply appreciative of his stay-at-home wife and believes the best form of support that he can provide to his family is to be available.
"I am very fortunate to have a great wife who sacrificed a lot to be a full-time mother," he said. "In today's always-connected world, it's very easy to say you're busy. Don't make that your excuse."
中国的多元化与包容性 Diversity and Inclusion in China
值得明确的底线是，性别平等不是一个“女性问题”。Ladies Who Tech相信教育是赋权女性的引擎，也是女性未来成功的基础。我们希望，通过研讨会、年度大会与各种活动将女性纳入STEM话题中，企业与组织将受到鼓舞进而制定更多包括女性在内的变革政策。
It has been estimated that closing the gender gap would add USD$28 trillion (198 trillion yuan) to the value of the global economy by 2025 – the size of America and China's GDPs combined, according to a study by McKinsey.
In China, diversity and inclusion (D&I) is recognized by pioneers but is still at its infancy stage in terms of implementation. In fact, some organizations only started to place an emphasis on D&I only because their Western headquarters required them to, according to Shanghai-based consulting agency Constellations.
"Generally speaking, Western companies talk about gender equality and D&I more publicly and more often includes gender D&I and overall D&I as part of their policy," Garry said, having worked in different cities across the world.
"In Asia locations, gender and D&I promotion are less formal and organic by nature in terms of its advocacy. The methods of promoting D&I are quite different," he added.
In 2005, the first D&I conference in Asia was held with speakers from international companies based in China. Representatives from Dow Chemical Company, IBM and BP China participated. Since then, many multi-national companies as well as innovative Chinese companies have pioneered D&I practices in their policies as they gradually see the benefits of having a more diverse culture.
However, it isn't enough for the CEO of a company to say gender balance is important once a year in a conference.
First common-sense steps would be institutionalizing hard metrics for hiring female candidates. For example, Intel last Thursday announced it will increase the number of women in technical roles to 40 per cent and double the numbers of women and underrepresented minorities in senior roles by 2030 as part of its new diversity goals.