During Women’s History Month 2018, members of the Highly Fabulous Power List convened a Roundtable for the purposes of discussing some of the important issues facing women today. They included the current #Metoo and #Timesup movements, equal pay and the way ahead for emerging female leaders comprising women of their daughter’s generation.
This Roundtable is a place of power where women of influence put forward strategies, ways and means whereby women today can enjoy greater freedom to use their skills, education and leadership abilities in the corporate field, in the political process, in the third sector and in their communities, respectively.
These latest hashtag movements have brought to the attention of the masses the behaviours, attitudes and limitations women have had to traverse to date and have made it clear that women were no longer prepared to remain silent.
The Roundtable exists to provide a point of reference to those looking for ways to enact meaningful change in the lives of women and allow them a chance to be informed as to their views, their suggestions and their agency.
The Roundtable recognises women’s ability to come to their own rescue, yet calls on the wider society to stand with them.
Until all women are able to stand in their full potential then none of them are. Women make up 50% of the world’s population and to empower them is to empower the entire world. Once women are seen as the valuable humans beings they are, the world will come to greatness.
These women are our daughters, our sisters, our wives, our mothers. The Roundtable is a platform of empowerment for women globally.
Question 1. Is the Sisterhood Real?
It is real if you make it real. You have to choose. We have all dealt with the jealousy of other women since high school. But we too ourselves have all been in the position of feeling envious about somebody else. The difference is we have made a conscious decision when we have those feelings to push them away.
Camille Dundas, ByBlacks.com, North America
It is real to a degree but we have to be honest, there’s competition when it comes to business. However when it came to setting up TG Foundation charity I would never have accomplished it without the help of other women. We have to learn to get along otherwise things will never get done.
Tatania Giraud, TG Foundation, UK
Question 2. Will the #MeToo and #Timesup movements become more than a hashtag?
It is unfortunate it has taken high profile women of a certain demographic to bring a groundswell of attention when there has been atrocities and assaults, particularly with women in the African diaspora having experienced generational abuse. But we are here and a huge light has been shone on this. It serves us nothing to ask why it didn’t happen before, let’s rally around it now.
Cheryl Nembhard, Exousia Media, North America
I feel these movements have made a big impact. It isn’t just a conversation and its doing a good job. These campaigns are a must. I actually broke my silence over harassment in the workplace as the movement triggered something in me deep inside that I had actually buried. So I started to spread the word and I believe this movement is working. I believe all countries coming together will further accelerate change.
Dr Karen Johnson, Honorary Diplomat, UK
There is strength in numbers and those numbers must be made up of both male and female. The men speaking alongside us would have a powerful effect. If the men speak up and say “we need to protect our sisters, we are not going to stand for this”, it strengthens the argument. I agree with Camille Dundas and Dr Pauline Long, it is one thing for the high profile women but is it trickling down to the ordinary every day woman? The power of the law must be included….
Tola Onigbanjo, Women4Africa, UK