Galfar Al Misnad hosted a special event to commemorate the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD). The event brought together the leading contracting company’s women employees, and was also attended by the organisation’s executive director, Satish G. Pillai; and senior general manager – Human Resources, Joy G Pettah.
Female employees at Galfar work in the company’s many offices, as well as on sites and nation building projects. Their various roles have bolstered the progress of the company, and brought in essential gender diversity. The theme for IWD 2022, “Break The Bias”, is exemplified by every woman working at the organisation that is part of an industry that has long been considered as a male domain.
“It is good to see the number of women entering our company growing over the past few years, and I commend our HR team for actively working to bring in this change to our workforce. We encourage you all to take the initiative on projects and aspire for leadership roles,” said Pillai.
Galfar Al Misnad’s head of Central Planning, Madhavikutty K., also addressed the event and gave advice and tips to her colleagues on navigating the professional realm as women. In particular she highlighted three key factors for success in the workplace – Education, Ethics, and Efficiency.
Following this, the attendees were invited to openly share thoughts and experiences. Longtime employees as well as those who had newly joined, wholeheartedly participated in this interactive session, where they inspired and emboldened their colleagues with their anecdotes. Nasreen Shoukath, Belinda Cayabyab, Aneesa Regims, and Charry Santos spoke.
The event concluded with a cake cutting ceremony in which the longest serving female employee, Shyma Shafi, did the honours. All were given a memento to mark the occasion.