On November 14th, PwC Albania hosted in Tirana a networking event on the topic “Women in Business and Leadership”, which brought together high profile personalities from the public and private sector, academia and civil society, with a discussion mainly focused on gender mainstreaming in Albania and the integration of gender equality perspective at all stages of policies and decision-making.
Diversity and inclusion is part of the global development strategy that PwC’s professional network has embraced. The culture of inclusiveness puts the focus on the company’s employees, as the most important asset in PwC’s business and representing added value for the group’s collaborators. For this purpose, over the years various initiatives have been undertaken which respond to the needs of the individual in a rapidly changing society and through these, it is intended to contribute to the model of doing business and leaders. As girls and women make up the largest number of PwC’s employees and management ranks, their protection and empowerment takes on even more special value. PwC Albania fully supports the Un Women Empowerment Principles (UN Women) and it has joined the group of signatories that aim to promote gender equality in the workplace and beyond.
During these years and in line with all the initiatives above, PwC Albania and Kosovo has held a series of online meetings and events, while this last meeting marks the first activity with wide participation realized physically after the pandemic.
Our Country Managing Partner of PwC Albania and Kosovo, Loreta Peçi, initiated the meeting with her opening speech, thanking all the panelists and participants. In the role of the Partner of PwC for Albania and Kosovo, Mrs. Peçi shared her experience and contribution to PwC’s culture of diversity and inclusiveness. Mrs. Peçi emphasized the importance of the inclusion of girls and women in all spheres of society, as well as the role that stakeholders have in further supporting women, in their economic empowerment and career development. During her speech as a panelist, Loreta Peçi shared with the audience some of the studies and initiatives undertaken by the PwC network at the local and international level, which provide key data on labor markets, the impact of the pandemic on gender equality and PwC’s contribution to this field.
Speakers in the capacity of their positions, as representatives of central, local government, the private sector, academic life and entrepreneurship, shared their professional and personal experiences on the topics of gender equality and gender integration. Furthermore, it was emphasized the essential importance that education plays on the role of girls and women in society as well as the potential that the cooperation of all actors in society carries to achieve the desired goals.
The panelists also showed how the authorities and companies they represent have included gender equality policies in their agenda and how they follow best practices to achieve a decent representation of girls and women in leadership roles.
About the event
About 50 guests participated in this activity, representatives from government cabinets, from important companies of the Albanian market, representatives of the diplomatic ranks and academic life who interacted with the panelists, shared their views and raised issues for discussion.
At PwC, our goal is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We are a network of firms in 152 countries and approximately 328,000 employees who are dedicated to providing quality audit, financial, fiscal and legal advisory services. Our presence in Albania dates back to 2005.