In Macedonia, the GEMA project brought successful results beyond what was expected. The era of talking loudly and prominently about the problems with the gender balance in management has started and the topic is becoming very popular lately. For generations, the corporate world has largely adopted a male definition of leadership. Women can be just as ambitious and career-driven as men, but they tend to have a different perspective on life. Thus they need to have an opportunity to say: “I am a woman, a mother, and a wife. And I am an executive director.”
To succeed in developing a more diverse and gender-balanced workforce, corporate leaders must be prepared to stand up to:
- their executive committees, driving commitment and ensuring accountability even if the initial perceptions are negative;
- they have to do what they believe is right not just to improve an organisation’s performance but to create a better world.
As a conclusion of all these activities, we can proudly say that the movement for gender balance in decision-making positions in Macedonia has started. We have made historical changes, now we can speak openly about the need for a change and more involvement of women on decision-making positions. We need to keep actively working in this field, in order to increase our visibility and gather better results, and change the mentality about the capacity of women to deal with big challenges.