Female Future Forward

Was 2018 a turning point for women? Yes, it exposed what we’re up against – The Guardian Monday 31st December, Suzanne Moore

A Turning Point

But to go forwards, it is vital to understand how much we have gone backwards. Austerity has hit women, and hit us hard. The mental health statistics for young people, and girls in particular, are frightening. Mental health is a feminist issue. When girls cannot move freely in this world they suffer. But the complicity of women in our own subjugation – the handmaidens of the patriarchy who deny harassment is a problem, and the women who lie for Trump and excuse his behaviour – is hard to stomach.

Think of that glorious day in May in Ireland when women finally won the right to control their own bodies. Think about how that felt … and hold on to that feeling. We are just beginning.

Through the WI Lens

‘The future is female’ may be more aptly tweaked to ‘the future is feminine’. It is the stereotypically female traits of compassion, empathy, sensitivity and nurture that are sought to hold wellbeing at the core of culture and leadership across business and communities. This article is one of stark, objective reality that is reflected through a crystal clear lens. Wellbeing is humanity in action if it is fully embraced and equality from all societal perspectives, is critical.

Data from Forbes (2015) show the number of women leaders rank third highest in the hospitality industry after healthcare and education and Marriott in particular, has a stellar reputation for supporting women in leadership positions.

2018 was a year of speaking out on female issues, for women and for men. What we’re likely to see is a continued tenacious spirit, driven and undeterred by the reality of being (still) at the tip of the equality iceberg.

Staking The Moral High Street

August 30, 2020

“On such fragile foundations are built the first steps towards a more ethical kind of business, and who knows what virtuous circles might result?”

Breathe Easy

August 28, 2020

“Scientific evidence recently emerged that, contrary to earlier beliefs, Covid-19 can be spread by tiny droplets that we breathe out when we respire, called aerosols.”

Why Obesity Needs Weighty Solutions

August 6, 2020

“Economic wellbeing is part of the story, but it is also about finding less stressful lifestyles, in which healthy diet figures as a meaningful measure of success.”

Pulling Together Out Of Lockdown

July 8, 2020

“The industry has every asset needed to be a guiding light in the shift toward personal health priority. Will that become a prevention legacy, a ‘phoenix rising’ from the Covid-19 ashes?”

Opening The Right Doors

July 2, 2020

“Looking at the bigger picture, putting the measures in this order represents a lost opportunity that the pandemic could have offered for a cultural pivot pivot towards getting people more focused on their health, a powerful statement of intent.”

Home (working) Truths

June 26, 2020

“Employment is necessary to fulfil our most basic human needs such as food and shelter. Any significant increase in long-term unemployment will spell a retrograde step for human wellbeing like no other.”

Global Cities In Retreat

June 16, 2020

“All roads lead to a wellbeing anchor, whether that be economic/financial, physical, mental or emotional: all contribute to a progressive and inclusive cosmopolitan world. The answer should not be a choice of one or the other but of a joined up and compassionate solution for society, business and individuals.”

Why You’re More Than A Production Unit

June 6, 2020

“The paradox is that we continue to do this in spite of recognising that striving to become ever-more productive is an intrinsically unhealthy behaviour, leading to stress and too often, a sense of failure.”

Societal Racism Is Damaging To Individual Wellbeing

June 3, 2020

“The same broad-sweeping structural racism that enables police brutality against black Americans is also responsible for higher mortality among black Americans with Covid-19,” Maimuna Majumder, a Harvard epidemiologist working on the Covid-19 response, tells Vox.

Financial Wellbeing – The New ‘Must Have’

May 26, 2020

The take-out from this? Wellbeing cannot exist at a more elevated level without our basic needs being met.

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