Women's Day 2020: A tribute to our women

Feminism is also a business issue. We would like to use Women's Day to speak out for equal rights.
Linda
8.3.2020

They design, program, and write. They calculate, plan, and assess risks. They are strong partners on a journey that cannot even begin without them. They are Yin and Yang in equal parts and don't let clichés or stereotypes upset them. They are committed to ensuring that everyone is addressed equally. They drink coffee. They make appointments for lunch and go for walks in the afternoon to clear their heads. They know how to communicate with each other. And when they don't, they hold themselves accountable. They rise above themselves to keep our young company growing. They extend a hand when a hand is needed. They have different backgrounds, wishes, preferences, and strengths and ...

… they are all women at Coya.

In a world where women continue to face disadvantages, Coyans are proud to have many dedicated and talented women on the team. And today, March 8, 2020, we celebrate them (and all women) for International Women's Day. This year's motto is "Each for Equal" – everyone stands up for each other and together we support uniqueness. Feminism is not only a women's issue but also a corporate issue in the working world. "Equal opportunity means a lot to me personally and women in particular deserve our respect and celebration. At Coya we have taken this to heart, where our very name represents woman power. Many might not know this but the Coya was a powerful woman in Incan culture. She was a queen who not only spoke directly with her people without intermediaries, but was furthermore charged with tending to the needs of the people and organization of catastrophic relief in the most challenging times", says Andrew, founder an CEO of Coya. So we are using this day to speak out on the topic of equality and diversity. Of course, appreciation should not only take place one day a year. But March 8 is an opportunity to recognize the women's and equality movements worldwide.

In Germany, even as one of the world's leading economies, there is still an (unadjusted) gender pay gap of almost 21%. Why? Because women still take over the majority of childcare. Because women continue to accept part-time jobs in order to balance these responsibilities. Because women do about 80 minutes more housework per day than their male partners. Because women are often ranked lower in salary negotiations. The reasons are manifold. Because of these reasons (and the many more), we at Coya are taking March 8 as a day to pause and reflect on where we stand as a company of equality. 

And where we want to go.

At Coya, we want to create an environment that offers fair working conditions for all gender identities. We want to be a safe space for women so that they can reach their full potential. There are no "women's jobs" at Coya; here we all pull together to revolutionize the insurance industry. We work to make insurance modern, progressive, and digital. We work to build a world in (and out of) Coya that is flexible, transparent, and equal. And that's how we understand Women's Day "Each for Equal" – we stand as an individual for the collective. On Women's Day, we focus on women empowering each other to achieve their ambitions. Coya will always focus on creating a corporate culture in which everyone feels welcome, understood, and supported.

We wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the women of Coya:


“I have solidarity and the courage to intervene when I witness any unfair treatment. I encourage women to be courageous", says Svenja, Internal Audit at Coya

Svenja, which achievement are you particularly proud of?

Having taken the opportunity of installing a key function at an Insurtech and bridging the gap between insurance and tech company

From a woman's perspective, what do you like about working at Coya?

Not only to be provided with free fruit, drinks, and muesli but also free hygiene products (in organic quality!).

What things do you do for equality?

I have solidarity and the courage to intervene when I witness any unfair treatment. I encourage women to be courageous.

"I feel able to improve my skills and know that I have freedom and flexibility with my personal-work balance." Lucia, Senior Legal Counsel

Lucia, which achievement are you particularly proud of?

I am able to balance my work and my family without going crazy.


From a woman's perspective, what do you like about working at Coya?

I feel able to improve my skills and know that I have freedom and flexibility with my personal-work balance. Sometimes that means working from home in the evenings. But that's better than missing time with my kids or having to find a babysitter at the last minute.  


What things do you do for equality? 

I always speak up when I think something is not going right. At home, I also explain to my children how equality works in their professional and private lives. You'd think that 5-year-olds don't concern themselves with it at all. But I see how gender roles are already being distributed when playing.

"I try to be as independent as possible and try to raise my voice when someone says something against women or just makes a joke about them." Anja, Legal Counsel

Anja, which achievement are you particularly proud of?

Never giving up, no matter how difficult the current situation seems to be. I have stamina and the ambition to reach a goal, even if it means going a longer way.


From a woman's perspective, what do you like about working at Coya?

Since I started working at Coya, I have gained a whole new perspective on the role of women in the economy. There is a community of women at Coya that supports each other (which is not always the case in other companies). This way we have a lively exchange, do things together from time to time, and exchange information about topics that are relevant for us.

What things do you do for equality? 

I am interested in the topic and deal with it intensively. I try to be as independent as possible and try to raise my voice when someone says something against women or just makes a joke about them.


Sources

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