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Q-1 Have you faced any unique challenges as a woman in this industry, and if so, how did you overcome them? How do you think the industry can address and overcome gender-based challenges?

As a woman in the construction sector, I have experienced my share of challenges, some of which are unique to this sector. I was an outcast when I started talking about using technology in the design and construction sector almost 20 years ago. Using technology was new then and added to that a female saying this was unheard of in the construction sector.

There were instances where people questioned my knowledge and authority just because of my gender. I focused on regularly showcasing my expertise, and abilities, and addressing all their

questions to overcome these obstacles. I used my gender to request attention and put forth my ideas and experience with adopting technology. I gained the respect and confidence of my coworkers and clients by showing my knowledge and also developed an extensive professional network. I believe that every person brings about a different perspective in the workspace. It is based on multiple factors like gender, education, cultural experiences, socio-economic background, etc and this diversity is very important.

Gender is just one aspect that needs to be addressed and overcome. By proactively fostering inclusion and diversity, providing women the same opportunity for professional advancement as men, putting impartial recruitment and promotion procedures into place, and building a culture that values and supports women in leadership positions we can address some of the challenges of gender diversity. Mentorship programs and networking opportunities can also assist women in making connections with colleagues in the sector, gaining support, and successfully navigating their professions.

Q-2 As a successful entrepreneur, what advice would you give to other women who want to pursue careers in the construction and allied industry?

The construction sector has some unique challenges as compared to other areas. For many years the number of women in this sector has been very low as compared to women in other sectors. There was a belief that this is a male-dominated sector and not for women who are weak and cannot work in harsh environments. These myths are now questioned, and barriers have been broken. We now see women in every area in this sector.

My suggestion to other women aspiring to pursue careers in this field is based on my experience and exposure. I will tell them to be consistent, and persistent, and to embrace their unique perspectives and abilities while challenging historical gender norms. Finding allies and mentors who can support and guide them throughout their journey is essential for one’s personal and professional growth.

The industry should implement specific strategies to attract and retain diverse talent, such as hiring practices based on skills and qualifications, offering opportunities for training and professional development, and developing a supportive work environment that values diversity and fosters a culture of inclusion.

Q-3 How can construction and allied industries attract and retain more diverse talent? Are there specific  strategies that can be implemented to increase the representation of women and other marginalized groups?

A focused approach is required to create a diverse and inclusive environment for the construction and allied industries that attracts and retains talent, especially women and members of marginalized communities. Essential strategies include, diversity and inclusion policies, blind screening, varied interview panels, and equal growth opportunities for all employees are crucial. Work-life balance and career advancement are supported through the implementation of mentoring, sponsorship, and flexible work arrangements. An inclusive culture is the norm and for this carrying out diversity training, establishing employee resource groups, and addressing workplace harassment are critical. A diverse workforce is facilitated by celebrating diversity, advancing inclusive branding, and collaborating with educational institutions. By putting these strategies into practice, this industry can create a diverse and creative workplace that values inclusiveness.

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