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News Gender equity promoted by Accor Women at Accor Generation programme success SINGAPORE | Accor celebrates the success of its Women at Accor Generation (WAAG) programme this month, one month after International Women’s Day, with the announcement that another 20 women were put into the Hotel Manager or General Manager positions in athe last 12 months in Asia Pacific. Accor has a plan to reach 35 percent of women GMs by 2017 and 50 percent in the long term. One of the strongest WAAG networks, Asia Pacific has more than 1050 members (or more than 39 percent of global membership), indicating a real push for change in the region. “I think the culture at Accor allows women to have more choices with how they want their job or career to be, more than other places I have worked with. Having recently become a new mom, there are constraints on your time as a young child will always need its mother if the mother is the primary care giver, as is often the case in Asia. It also often falls to the wife in Asia to manage most of the duties at home so it’s a difficult balancing act.” Janice Gan, General Counsel – Accor Asia Pacific (Singapore) “Women face limitations with respect to traditional, cultural and family aspects that somehow restrict their mobility for future growth in India, but I strongly believe that women have an equal opportunity for advancement within Accor regardless of religion or caste.” Julie Tham, Hotel Manager ibis Jaipur (India) “In Asia, some contractors are not so comfortable seeing a woman doing project management and dealing with technical issues. Women have to be strong and hold their ground amongst that kind of mentality but I believe women are more than capable of doing everything our male counterparts do.” Shamila Rolfe, General Manager, Mercure Bali Legian (Indonesia) May 2015 39