Liberty Puerto Rico Celebrates International Women’s Day All Month long
At Liberty Puerto Rico, the celebration of International Women’s Day is part of a broader commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Its employees joined their colleagues from across Liberty Latin America in a virtual company-wide summit March 8, International Women’s Day. The event was carried out for the group’s nearly 12,000 employees from across the region, and was dedicated to discussions about gender equality, mentorship, mental health and gender violence, among other issues.
“Inclusion and diversity are central to us as a company because we believe that it not only addresses the needs of our employees at all levels, but also helps nurture the talent that characterizes our success as a company,” said Liberty Puerto Rico’s president and chief executive officer, Naji Khoury. “It is also an opportunity to reiterate our responsibility as a company with our own employees, as well as with the communities we serve, especially when by the nature of our business, we have the ability to communicate this important message through media that reaches thousands of people.”
This year and through the #ChooseToChallenge call to action, the company reiterates its commitment in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote positive change for women in the workplace, achieving gender equality balance in leadership roles throughout the organization and promoting the percentage of women employed within the company. It is a commitment that is reflected in the fact that 40 percent of positions at Liberty Puerto Rico—from supervisor upward—are held by women, noted Jazmin Castro, vice president of human resources at Liberty Puerto Rico. She added that most of them are promoted from within the organization.
Castro also mentioned that the company has worked to build a nurturing workplace and implemented family-friendly benefits such as a parental leave policy that grants eight weeks of fully paid leave for all new mothers and fathers, and eight additional weeks for the birth parent.
“Our goal is to constantly foster an atmosphere of openness and understanding in the workplace, where we truly look out for each other,” said Castro. “We go beyond just an open-door policy where our employees can go to their superiors, to creating awareness among our entire workforce about issues that deal with, for example, gender violence, so that each one of us can be an agent of change and action when these situations happen.”
Liberty Puerto Rico will reiterate the message of creating awareness regarding gender violence by illuminating its corporate offices violet throughout the month. The company will also present a special video featuring 28 women leaders within the organization, which will air on Liberty television channels and social media. Furthermore, throughout the month, Liberty Channel 85 will air 12 inspirational capsules highlighting various women entrepreneurs. The list includes Laura Tirado, CEO of Uva! Delivery service; Suzette Álvarez, from Fundación Alas a la Mujer; and Ada Álvarez Conde, founder of Alto al Silencio, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about the dangers of violence during dating. The capsules will air every day throughout March, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., on Channel 85/285 HD.
“We aim to empower our employees as the drivers of our corporate responsibility, while through our resources as a leader in the communications segment in Puerto Rico, we create awareness among the public in general,” said Giovanna Ramírez de Arellano, senior director of communications at Liberty Puerto Rico.