This past weekend, I had the privilege of leading a discussion on Balance for Better at the Workplace to celebrate the International Women’s Day that was on 9th March 2019.
Ladies in Helmets, a STEM oriented organization whose main aim is to create a platform for young women in the male dominated fields to network and grow together, ran by the 3 ladies above, Winnie, Sue and Stella, organized a picnic for both men and women at Karura on the Saturday, 10th March 2019.
Since the session was held in the afternoon, we begun with lunch. After the introductions, there were games first like cards, block building, potato races and tug of war to foster relationships and networking.
Next, there was the discussions session, where I let my flare for public speaking come to life. I was in my element, and some of the feedback I received has really been affirming. I really loved that the session was interactive and most participants shared their work experiences, challenges faced, and what they had in mind to ensure #BalanceForBetter. Among the issues we discussed were
- Both women and men to accept that there are women who excel in the STEM fields. The sure way to grow and diversify is for both genders to support these ladies as opposed to thinking they cannot despite being well skilled and experienced.
- Professionalism in the workplace is essential to creating a conducive environment for both women and men. Contrary to popular belief, men can be victims of sexual advances and assault.
- Before entering a work contract, we should ensure to negotiate for a salary we think we deserve as this usually sets ground for any future appraisals and salary increases.
It is my hope that we will continue to have such conversations and continuous progress at the workplace in order to bridge the gender and wage gap.
Since I am sure you are interested in knowing more about Ladies in Helmets, earlier this month, we published an interview I did for the Ladies in Helmets Founder, Sue Wairimu. You can read it here.
We had a photo session before we broke the picnic as evening was fast approaching. For more photos and portraits that I took at the event, check out my Instagram page. Thank you for reading!