Koreo’s Good Women network for the UN International Day of the Girl brought together 27 women in Bournemouth Eagle Lab to meet, connect, enjoy time together and discuss keynote speakers livestreamed from London. Coming from a range of backgrounds and ages, each found something in the talks they could relate to.
The response to invitations to this event was positive. A really diverse group were greeted by hospitality management students from King’s Education and had the opportunity to find out more about Eagle Labs and each other before the headline talks. Even though the sound quality on the livestream was a little tinny, we were immediately gripped by each of the speakers. Understanding that work does change lives and we can influence the workplace is key. But it goes beyond that. Perhaps the biggest reaction in Bournemouth was to hearing that primary age girls want to be commended for what they are doing rather than their clothes or the way they look. We each have the opportunity to influence young people and help them achieve their ambitions. Truly, in Bournemouth and across the labs network you could see what success looks like.
Word Café discussions provided an opportunity to reflect and explore themes raised by the speakers.
What are the barriers that stop girls’ progress in the workplace? What do we need to leave behind if we want to achieve equality in the workplace?
If gender equality was achieved in you workplace what would you notice? How would you feel? What solutions would you suggest to tackle these issues?
Thinking about your experience of gender in the workplace, what advice would you give to your 16 year old self?
It was clear that these themes were consistent within a group of women interested in social change, across many sectors, roles, organisations and stages of life or career. Good Women are everywhere: leading charities, social enterprises, families, and businesses in great directions to support their staff and supply chains, deliver good outcomes, and not damage people or the planet in the process.