Friday, 1 July 2016

If #Women Ruled the #World

Today I picked up a local newspaper and found an article about what may happen in 2017.

With Clinton (USA), May (UK), Sturgeon (Scotland) and Merkel (Germany) potentially all in power at the same time and the possibility of a woman being elected as the new United Nations Secretary General, women appear unstoppable and we can only rejoice at that.

What would we ask of them if this possibility came true? Better still, what difference do we think that having a group of powerful females as head of states and powerful institutions would make to the world and the way we live?

As a woman, I believe that the following should be considered as the most important objectives / priorities by females in power and focused on:

1.     Education for all girls
2.     Putting a stop to violence on women
3.     Economic empowerment of women for greater social justice
4.     Greater number of women on boards and generally in senior and influential roles throughout
        the corporate world
5.     Childcare and greater flexible working (to ensure number 4 can actually happen)
6.     Eliminating the gender pay gap.
In terms of expectations, I would suggest that with a greater number of females in power and in senior positions across all sectors of the economy, the following would also happen:

  1. Better communication across countries, people, departments, divisions, companies and the likes.  By better I mean more frequent communication, the breaking down of silos, more open and transparent communication.
  2. Greater collaboration as a result of increased communications. Thus more learning from each other and the removal of cultural and mental barriers that prevent us from sharing.
  3. Increased innovation and creativity in business. This in my experience is critical to stay competitive and ahead of the games but can only happen when barriers are down and honest communication is up.
  4. Upholding values and ensuring business retains its ethic for the community and the greater good. This is not just a moral obligation but makes commercial sense as a large number of women with high disposable income make purchasing decisions and become influencers.
It may be only wishful thinking, but it is clear that as women, consumers, voters and decision makers in and outside the house we have a voice and can make an impact, so we ought to use our voice fully for this picture to become reality.

As it stands, I can only look forward to 2017! But what are your thoughts and wishes on the objectives and priorities? Please contact me with your views or leave your comments below, thank you!

Alessandra is an experienced mentor, business coach, consultant and strategist. She supports individuals - especially women - and organisations in achieving their potential through customised, outcome driven interventions . You can find out more about Alessandra here and contact her by email here.

2 comments:

  1. It is quite surprising to find women in the top of the list in the case of the ruling. In this male dominating society, it is quite impressive to found women are leading in different sectors. It helps to develop their confidence level and also inspire others to get quick success in the male dominating society. Here from this article, we have found the fact that what happened when women ruled the world. Thanks for highlighting such important issues.
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