Companies that demand a CV with a photo for women applicants

Majority, if not all of the local companies in my country require a CV with a photo for women applicants, even for the positions where appearance has nothing do to with the job. Furthermore, they include a warning at the end of the announcement:" a CV without a photo will not be considered". Do you think this a clear sexism and discrimination on the basis of the visual side of the applicant? What is the case in your country?

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  • Nuttah Mumbi
    In Zambia there is usually no such thing. However, I feel including your photo  marital status and sometimes even age can be a basis for discrimination when hiring. I think that's a crime unless the canons of practising human resource management is different in your country.
  • Tinuola Aina
    It is not mandatory in my country. Such request is obviously sexist. So long it is not a modelling job, I believe such is not required. Obviously,  recruitment will be based on physical appearance and not skills or abilities. 

    This act should be repelled by the current administration in your country. 
    • Ana Chkheidze
      Tinuola, I totally agree with your opinion. However, it is not widely protested among my society, even many of my peers don't see any problem with it. Some even take advantage of the bias and their appearance, so for now administration will not be convinced enough to deal with this problem
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  • Leah Davidson
    In the US, I believe that requiring a photo is not tolerated. Additionally, there has been some research to show that applicants with female or foreign sounding names get fewer interview requests. I am in favor of removing names and other indicators that could cause implicit bias.
    • Ana Chkheidze
      Leah, 

      I know in the U.S that is not appropriate. This is why, I try to stick to international companies, or companies with foreign management. I agree on your itiative as well, unfortunately the bias still exists as of today and it needs to be eliminated.
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  • Carol Ajie
    Hi Ana,
    I agree the views expressed that it is discriminatory to request prospective (female) employees of their photos before they could be considered for the job. I suggest some of the gender-based organizations in your community could issue a press statement to protest against sexiest oddities or write to them. There are loads of discrimiantory practices in my community and we keep speaking about them.
    • Ana Chkheidze
      Carol, thank you for suggestion, I will keep that in mind! So far I have only been avoiding contact with such companies and expressing opinion with people around me.
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  • Immaculata Chiamaka Anudu
    Of course, it is. What do they need photos for? It is a job application, not a modelling agency. I also found something different when compared to my country. Okay, I live in Sweden, and CV usually do not have to include your sex or marital status or your age. But in Nigeria where I come from, I recently found out that you have to include your sex (male/female), marital status (married, single, divorced) and your age in the CVs. I find it surprising as to what they need those information for. Getting a job should be about my qualifications and what I can do and shouldn't be about my status or sex. But patriarchal societies always have one form or the other to maintain power and control over women and girls.
    • Immaculata Chiamaka Anudu
      Those are used to keep women in a certain place, discouraging them from fulfilling their potential. I keep asking and trying to know why they require those information. But in some Western countries where there is gender equal society, it is the opposite. 
    • Ana Chkheidze
      The other factors that you mentioned increase the chances that the evaluator of the CV will be unfair towards the female candidate. I definitely agree with you that marital status, gender and appearance has nothing to do with the job that is not related to appearance. Unfortunately, blindered male managers think that if a female candidate is married and has children, she will not devote sufficient time and energy to work, which is very stereotypical of them.
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  • Rupande Mehta
    Eww that is incredibly sexist. Which country is this? I don't think any position, except model/actor, have anything to do with appearance. People may judge you during the interview but that isn't something you can control. Asking for a photo means it has nothing to do with your skill set. If you're attractive, you have a chance. Disgusting. 
    • Ana Chkheidze
      I agree it is unacceptable, that is why I am automatically demotivated when I see these types of announcements and never send them my application.
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  • Mai Temraz
    I'm from a conservative community, so this can't be asked publicly. But, it might be the same case during the interview for the position. It's male dominated and they care about women appearance.
    • Ana Chkheidze
      Agree, I am from a conservative and a patriarchal society as well, unfortunately.
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  • Fiifi Oduro-Nyarkoh
    Hi Ana 

    I'm surprised that majority of the local companies in your country require a photo on the CV of female applicants. In my country, it's almost only the customer service industry that require a photo on the CV of applicants and it is requested of both male and female applicants.

    This is a clear example of sexism and discrimination that needs to be addressed.
    • Ana Chkheidze
      Fiifi I agree this should not be acceptable, however, this problem has never been addressed by the government. We are a developing country and people in power are mainy busy with other much severe problems. Hopefully many issues of sexism will receive proper attention from the government in the nearest future. As of today, only couple of NGOs strive for gender related changes but no fundamental progress has been visible.
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  • Emilia Ortiz
    Here in my country photos are not requested formally but most of the people put a picture on their CV's. I am doing my pre professional practices at an international organism and my boss, who is Brazilian told me that in his country it was illegal tu put a picture on a CV that has nothing to do with the physical aspect. I thank you for your question, I was wondering about this too. 
    • Ana Chkheidze
      This question popped up in my mind several times as I entered the job market and saw plenty of discriminative announcements. Here also even if the photos are not requested, people still add them to their CVs, since they cannot imagine doing otherwise. I have never sent a CV with a photo to any company, I do not wish to be judged solely by my appearance. I hope it becomes illegal here too, someday :)
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