The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is to break the bias. We ask our colleagues what this means to them.
What is your name and what is your role at Yellow Door Energy?
My name is Sundus Tauqeer and I am the Legal Counsel for Yellow Door Energy in Pakistan. I joined the company recently and I work closely with other departments to provide legal guidance on our projects.
What does “Break the Bias” mean to you in terms of gender equality?
To me, “Break the Bias” means inclusivity. I think the real way to empower women is by creating an environment where everyone, male or female, can thrive. From my past experience, I learned that gender bias can cause women to have a “fixed mindset”, which can hinder one’s ability and belief to learn and grow.
What gender stereotypes have you faced in your career? How did it affect you?
During a performance review with one of my past employers, I was asked if I had plans to get married in the near future, and how this would impact my commitment to my job. The employer admitted that they did not ask my male colleagues the same question, because to them the men were the breadwinners of the family.
How did this affect me? I believe the more challenging your job environment is, the more you are likely to grow. I dismissed the negative comments I received and sought support from my colleagues and mentors who believed in my growth as an individual.
How would you describe Yellow Door Energy’s culture regarding women in the workplace?
The culture at Yellow Door Energy is very uplifting and supportive. I take immense pride in being part of an all-female legal team and being mentored by strong female leaders.
What advice would you give women who are seeking career growth?
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look change. Keep in mind that people’s opinions are usually a reflection of themselves. It is up to you to either take it or leave it. Be open to take on challenges and don’t let the negative comments hold you back from growing.View Full Press Release (PDF)