DVT – inspiring inclusion for International Women’s Day

Friday, 08 March 2024 09:12
DVT – inspiring inclusion for International Women’s Day

From left: DVT’s Head of the DVT Launchpad Rose Allen-Richards, Head of Global Talent Carmen de Bruyn, HR Executive Bontle Songo, and Executive Head: Business Enablement Melani French

The theme for this International Women’s Day is #InspireInclusion, but there’s a lot more to it than inspiring words. The day celebrates women and their achievements, raises awareness of discrimination, empowers women, and forges the changes that society needs to achieve equality.

This philosophy speaks clearly to the Dynamic Technologies group of companiesdiversity by inclusion is, after all, one of the cornerstones of the group’s culture. And in turn, this culture is likewise embedded in the group’s companies, particularly with DVT, a custom software and data engineering company that embraces International Women’s Day and all that it represents.

For DVT, International Women’s Day is a celebration, an acknowledgement, and a validation of the value that women bring not only to the company, but to the tech space as a whole. This year’s #InspireInclusion theme is about creating a gender equal world that is diverse, inclusive, and unbiased – a world that understands the value of difference; a world that welcomes all, accepts all, and benefits from all. It’s a collective effort, and one that DVT embraces.

Melani French, Executive Head: Business Enablement at DVT, says, “For me, celebrating women in the technology sector signifies acknowledging the significant contribution of diverse perspectives and skill sets in propelling innovation and excellence at DVT.

“Inclusion benefits DVT by enhancing our creativity and problem-solving capabilities; it ensures that we’re developing technology that mirrors the diverse world we cater to. The changing perception of women in IT reflects a wider shift towards recognising talent and potential beyond traditional confines, highlighting the importance of every individual’s contribution, irrespective of gender.”

Melani adds, “We commemorate Women’s Day as an opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of women in technology, and the ongoing journey towards a genuinely inclusive industry where every person, regardless of their background or gender, feels valued and empowered to thrive.”

Carmen de Bruyn, Global Head of Talent at DVT, agrees. She says, “I believe that women play a vital role in shaping the future of the tech space. Diversity drives innovation, and by actively promoting and supporting women in tech, we create more inclusive work environments and tap into a broader talent pool. Encouraging women to pursue careers in technology, providing mentorship and growth opportunities, and fostering a culture of equality, are essential steps in harnessing the full potential of our industry. Together we can build a more diverse and dynamic tech community that drives positive change on a global scale.”

Melani calls on all women, especially working moms, “Never underestimate your value and unique contribution within a diverse team.”

International Women’s Day is not a rarified or exclusive observance, nor should it be. Gloria Steinem, journalist, social-political activist and world-renowned feminist, said, “The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” We’re all in this together, and together we can make a difference.

Kaitlyn Sookdhew, Kiasha Rangasamy, and Aphiwe Shozi are iOS Cadets in the DVT Launchpad programme

Luthando Bower, Tshidi Mocumi, Jacqueline Ndala and Faith Seti are part of the Global Talent team