Modern Warriors IWD 2021
“International Women’s Day is an invitation to both men and women to really empower each other to challenge or even better, close the gap.”– Diandra Luu (Finance Analyst)
“It’s being unafraid to challenge systems and social categories that intersect to create discrimination. It also means adapting our own mindset and changing our beliefs when presented with new information”– Natalie Cheong (Product Manager)
The conversation touched on various challenges faced by everyday women including gender roles, stereotypes, and strategies to navigate such challenges. One of our Modern Warriors, Natalie, speaks up about the stereotypes surrounding female-dominated industries. She aims to forge a new perception and highlight the pivotal role of women and women-dominated industries in society.
“It’s not JUST being a skin therapist... what we do is pretty amazing and it really changes people’s lives. We dedicate so much time to study and up-skilling and 20 years later I’m still attending so many conferences and making sure that I have the latest knowledge"- Natalie Arakelian (Skincare Clinic Founder)
Traditions, norms, and prejudices instilled in today’s modern society can limit the conception of goals and aspirations of women, let alone achieving them. Sara offers her piece of advice through her redefinition of a ‘woman’.
“I love challenging the stereotype.You can be feminine and intelligent and a fighter if you want. There’s no wrong way to be a woman”– Sara Jalonen (Personal Trainer/Boxer/Coach)
Women from every corner of the globe continue to fight for gender equality and in their bid to make a positive difference for all. Working as a Policy Advisor, Sarah shares with us her inspiration behind pursuing her career.
“Working in policy makes sense as it gives me an outlet to enact the changes I want to see.” – Sarah Siddiqi (Policy Advisor)
Here’s to all Modern Warriors, choosing to challenge for a step towards gender equality!