Gender Equality

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 interconnected goals that aim to promote sustainable development and address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and environmental degradation. The SDGs were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs are a call to action for all countries, organizations, and individuals to work together to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world by 2030.

Talking about one of the SDGs to which we contribute directly, SDG 5, or Sustainable Development Goal 5 that aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The corporation follows practices aimed at advancing gender equality within the company. The practice includes initiatives such as flexible work arrangements, unconscious bias training, and support for women entrepreneurs.

Indicators of SDG 5 and our services that align with the particular indicator:

SDG INDICATOR 5.1.1: Legal frameworks for gender equality and non-discrimination

Definition: Indicator 5.1.1 is whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce, and monitor equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sex.

There are various legal frameworks that can be applied to promote and enforce non-discrimination on the basis of sex. This is assessed here in the SDG Tracker—see also the 'additional charts"—across various measures, including hiring, equal pay, marital rape, and property rights, among others.
Goal: By 2030, end all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere.

ColMed's Contribution

Highlights of gender-inclusive policies in COLMED

  • Paid maternity leave
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work from home option
  • Professional working experience
  • Flexible hours to accomplish education goals
  • Helped with the Letter of Recommendation and experience certificate.
  • Sexual harassment policy and the SHWWP Committee
  • Special training is provided for an unbiased judgment

Key Metrics

  • 20% of female employees, which is 5% higher than the country's
  • 25% of the Management level employees are female.
  • Zero cases of sexual harassment
  • Colleagues pursued higher education at reputed foreign universities after gaining experience in COLMED.
SDG INDICATOR 5.6.1: Women's Decision-making on contraceptive use and Healthcare

The Women's Contraceptive Health Plan has been a topic of much debate and controversy in recent years. While access to family planning services is crucial for women's health and empowerment, misconceptions and cultural attitudes towards contraceptives remain a significant challenge in many countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, and Malawi. In a study conducted in these African countries, it was found that the most commonly endorsed myths regarding contraceptives among women were that they could lead to health problems, are harmful to women's health, and can harm the womb.

ColMed's Contribution

COLMED formed partnerships with various brands that share the same objective as COLMED, which is to offer people a chance to avoid further complexities in their reproductive and bodily systems. ColMed is offering products such as intrauterine devices to promote women's choices about whether to conceive or not. In the current financial year, we have sold about 49,000 IUDs giving them the freedom to choose for their own selves. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) as a method of contraception.