The Holy Quran says: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.”
The most simple and understandable definition of the term ‘Diversity’ that I have come across so far is to “understand that each individual is unique, and recognise individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.”
A country like Pakistan which is still struggling with the gender diversity issues in the corporate sector, it sounds far-fetched to bring in notions of ideological, religious, cultural or other diversity ethos. When we narrow down the universal diversity patterns to the organisational level, our leaders ought to do a far better job than what they are currently doing. There is a lot of talk with a very little action within the organisations on having employer branding around Diversity, Equal Opportunity Employment and Diversity Councils etc.
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