International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has never been the same as this year. As we are currently in the middle of a pandemic, events and gatherings don’t take place. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day should therefore not come as a surprise: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”.  Today we celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years. The movement was started in 1909 in the United States but was made a public holiday across Europe in 1910 by the German feminist Clara Zetkin. The first ever International Women’s Day was organized a year later in 1911. 

The 8th of March is now widely recognized as the day we celebrate women’s achievements throughout different fields. This day is also celebrated as a reminder to all of us that our actions now will shape a more gender equal future for the next generations. 


As this year’s theme is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”, we had the great opportunity to ask Gisica’s Co-Owner and Branch Director in Tunisia, Moufida Dkhili, on what drove her to become a female leader in a traditionally very male dominated field – engineering.

Looking back at my career, I have never thought about my gender while performing. I think about myself first as an engineer. In my field of work, perseverance and hard work will take you far. I think if I considered my gender, I would have created more mental obstacles for myself.
Regardless of scientific research and ideological background about gender, a competent, persistent engineer can make a difference regardless of their gender.
In Gisica, the same rules apply to everyone, for both females and males.
We don't have a separate salary for women or men, we also don’t scale our expectations and treat each other based on gender; the only one variable we look at is competence.
Gisica employs 21 female engineers. Currently 5 of them are project leaders as they proved to be most suitable for the task based on their skills and competence.

Moufida Dkhili

Gisica promotes people on their skills and competence basis. In true International Women’s Day spirit, gender plays no role. There are no “good old boys”, but there is a brilliant staff consisting of competent Gisica people.


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