„While the world is evolving, women are still lagging behind when it comes to leadership roles in business.“ Written by forbes.sk in the article „15 Biggest Challenges Women Leaders Face and how to overcome them“.  Our website will be drawing from this quote as an opening for discussion in the next series of articles.

There is a perceived notion that the fight for gender equality in the workplace is progressing and prominent, yet In Europe, it appears that there are greater requirements placed upon women that make senior positions more challenging to obtain and also to keep.


Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities  across all sectors in society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours , aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued  and favoured. Gender equality is measured by looking at the representation of men and women in a range of roles. The results of those measurements show us that (among other things) there are just a few women in top leadership roles in Europe. But why does the glass ceiling still remain in 21st century?

According to women, these are the main barriers that prohibit them becoming leaders in their workplace:

  • Stereotypes and preconceptions of women´s roles and abilities, which can create a lack of respect from employees
  • Lack of senior or visibly successful female role models  
  • Lack of significant general managemenent or line experience
  • Commitment to family or personal responsibilities
  • Lack of mentoring
  • Sexual discrimination, harrassment, bullying and victimisation
  • Lacking the confidence and self belief to manage the challenges of senior positions
  • unwillingness  to travel and work far away from their family and country

The situation is getting better but there is still a lot of work to eliminate the differences between men and women not only in workplace but overall. Women need to stick together and empower each other! And by campaign Women in the built world you have a chance to make a change.

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