Growing up, my parents always taught me to respect and value people’s decisions and experiences regardless of background, culture or any other differences that may exist between us. This is one of the most important lessons that my parents could have taught me and is something that I have applied throughout my professional career.
When I first got involved with PwC’s HeForShe campaign, I thought it was simple and very straightforward – we need to get men to support gender equality and stand beside women through this journey. Being brought up in a family that has such strong values of equality, especially when it comes to gender equality and acceptance of diversity, it seemed like something I could make a difference in because I already believed in what we still are trying to achieve. But, the more I got involved, the more I learned and the more I learned, I realized it wasn’t as simple as I thought it would be.
Gender equality isn’t just about men understanding that things need to change and they should stand up in supporting women; but about society coming together to acknowledge that we have unconscious biases that stem from our own upbringing. These biases are not just ingrained in males but females as well. They can be hard to break until someone stands up, challenges them and calls them out to make a difference.
As a Global Sponsor of the PwC HeForShe Acknowledging Potential Blind Spots campaign, I am asking each and every one of you to join me in bringing to light unconscious biases that have become societal norms. By becoming aware of these biases, challenging them and shifting our perspective, we can really make a difference in supporting global gender equality.
I encourage you to visit PwC’s HeForShe site to watch a short video that demonstrates the blind spots we all carry but may not be aware of (it was real eye opening to me!), and join the conversation by sharing what you can do to acknowledge your potential blind spots. And while you’re there, make your commitment to HeForShe and support global gender equality.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my personal journey, learnings and perspectives with you and I look forward to hearing your story and thoughts.