The Business Exchange is proud to support the 2021 International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge campaign. This year we’ve reached out to the women in our business community to hear their experiences of being a woman in business, why International Women’s Day is important to them and what they #ChooseToChallenge.
I #ChooseToChallenge gender inequality.
Why is International Women’s Day important to you?
is important because I work with a lot of inspirational women in our
international projects who don’t have a voice because of living in poverty. If
I can give them that voice by speaking on their behalf, then I’ve achieved what
I set out to do.
What do we still need to do for gender equality?
need to focus on people’s skills and talents rather than their gender.
What did you want to be when you were young? Have you ended up
doing what you always wanted to? Has being a woman held you back?
As a kid I wanted to build my own home – so a
bricklayer! Later I wanted to be a midwife. No, I haven’t ended up doing either
although I’m not too bad at DIY 😊.
Life took me on a totally different course and
I have ended up running an international charity.
What is your advice to your younger self and what are your tips to
nurture the strong independent girls of the future?
If you want to build your own home, then go
for it! Make sure you choose the right courses to follow to enable you to reach
your dream. You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
You have a brilliant chance in life to be the
woman you want to be. Learn, and continue in your life to learn. Never stop as
there is always the opportunity to gain more knowledge to help you achieve your
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