The WOW Festival started off with a BANG on the 8th March, having its biggest Speed Mentoring session ever and as marking it as its 101st anniversary it ought to. The busy hysteria of the Speed Mentoring programme began with a speech from Cherie Blair, a successful International Lawyer and the wife of Tony Blair.
Cherie Blair’s speech was about how the perspective of women in the workforce have changed from when she began pursuing her passion for Law in the 1960s-70s. It was amazing to hear her talk about her struggles, how she faced adversity and the short warming story of how she met her husband. For Cherie, their was a scarce number of women to be inspired by, especially in a profession like Law. She spoke about how her daughter has followed in her footsteps to study Law and how there is a lot more women now, that she can look upon as inspiration. It really showed, for me, how far women have come, in their on-going quest for equality among the men, globally. Her speech really helped me to reflect about women on a global scale as she went on to speak about her organisation, which is a mentoring scheme helping women internationally, in developing areas, to thrive in their passions and advising them not to settle for anything less than what they are capable of. As Cherie went on with her speech about these women and these under developed countries, these women face the same struggles as females such as myself, living in a thriving country compared to these developing countries. However they seem to be progressing onwards towards success despite their disadvantages, so as women living in UK, have we become complacent with our adversities and obstacles blocking our success?
Different women, different answers, there are many brave women fighting for our equality amongst the men and proving themselves to be as good, if not better in whatever is their passion. Unfortunately, there are women who become easily defeated by their obstacles, however with the powerful message behind WOW Festival the battle for gender equality will hopefully come to fruition.
WOWser, Young Ambassador for WOW 2012