Kinnaird College under criticism online for its sexist ‘male-only’ job advertisements
Even when there is no evidence stating that women cannot perform equally well in these 'male-only' positions.
Kinnaird College for Women Lahore has come under heavy criticism for its sexist job advertisements. The institute is hiring skilled people for the roles of ‘Human Resource Officer’ and ‘Manager IT’ – and their key requirement is ‘male-only’.
The advertisements were posted in The Jang Newspaper and the ‘male-only’ requirement for the jobs stirred controversy on the internet. People not only labelled it as discriminatory, but also called out Kinniard for its sexist approach as to how an institute, which is for ‘women only’ itself, does not encourage women to be in administrative positions.
The renowned college urged male candidates to apply for managerial positions, while the ‘office assistant’ vacancy was reserved for female applicants only. This coming from a college that holds a repute for training thousands of talented women every year, disappointed a lot of people.
You know what is exhausting? THIS! Fact that there are institutes like #KinnairdCollege who missed the memo that this is #2020 & women can serve on all posts they have specified for ONLY MALE candidates! To think this is a college from where so many pioneering women passed out. pic.twitter.com/gZsliFoYNp
— afia salam (@afiasalam) September 21, 2020
Here’s how the public responded:
#kinnairdCollege management should be ashamed of itself….
— Peace, love, diversity! (@JauharJoshanda) September 22, 2020
— Baela Raza Jamil (@BaelaJamil) September 22, 2020
Not that it has to be restricted, but a college for “women only” and and having such high repute doing this.
This is beyond Ironic.
— Bull’s Eye 🇵🇰 (@iTsTaLaT) September 21, 2020
That’s very bizarre. I hope KC can look over this and correction can be made.
— Salman Sufi (Wear a Mask to Keep All Safe) (@SalmanSufi7) September 21, 2020
Very important to call this out
— Osama Siddique (@DrOsamaSiddique) September 22, 2020
The only “female only” position is of the office assistant. Talk about reinforcing stereotypes. 🙄
— Madeeha Syed (@madeehasyed) September 21, 2020
Exhausting and unacceptable!
— Kiran Pervez – کرن پرویز (@KaafPay) September 21, 2020
Damn on this patriarchal mentality… Very unfortunate!
— Munawar Hassan (@MunawarHassan) September 22, 2020
This is utterly disgusting! Goes to show you what an elitist useless place @kinnairdcollege is. If the alumni have any pride in that place they would do something about this 👇🏾 https://t.co/URWYUW6GC8
— Daanish Mustafa 🦉 دانش مُصطفیٰ (@Daanibhai) September 22, 2020
There is no evidence stating that women cannot perform equally well in these ‘male-only’ positions. From Jacinda Arden to Sanna Marin, women across the world have proved to be very strong leaders and compassionate head of states.
For Pakistan to prosper, it is important that we encourage our women to play their part in the workforce and provide them with equal opportunities.
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