International Women’s Day
Business Launchpad celebrates International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

This years’ theme for International Women’s Day is #choosetochallenge

Organisers of the IWD movement stated “A challenged world is an alert world,” “Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.”

We spoke to some of the phenomenal employees across Business Launchpad and Tooting Works to see what this movement and women empowerment meant to them.

Wiki – Operations Manager – Tooting Works

Q: What are your thoughts on this years’ theme and what does IWD mean to you?

A: The official theme for International Women Day 2021 is “Choose to Challenge”, recognising the need to call out gender bias and inequality. As women around the world battle the social, economic and political fallout from COVID-19, the need for this is greater then ever. 

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves how far we have already come in regards to gender equality and how much work we still have to do towards discrimination and inequities in education, economics, and legal rights in society. Please remember that we each have our part to play in that process. Let’s empower each other and the impossible will be possible. 

 Eniola – Project Manager and Coach – SouthwarkBusiness Launchpad

 Q: What quotes inspire and motivate you?

A: This is a quote from an interview Michelle Obama did with students in 2016, “”Do not be afraid to fail because that often times is the thing that keeps us as women and girls back.” “Because we think we have to be right. We think we have to be perfect. We think that we can’t stumble. And the only way you succeed in life, the only way you learn, is by failing. It’s not the failure; it’s what you do after you fail.”

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey

Q: Tell us about a charity that you support which empowers girls and women

The Sophie Hayes Foundation (TSHF) is a charity that I have been volunteering with since the start of this year. They’re doing amazing work to support female victims of human trafficking to look to the future by renewing confidence, purpose and employability. Their aim is to help these women have sustainable freedom and independence by supporting them to gain employment. 

 Nicole – Youth Champion – Business Launchpad

 Q: what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?

A: Sometimes you have to make your own opportunities. Turn up to those spaces, network, and shoot your shot. The worst that can happen is they say no, but you keep it moving till a door opens.

Chique – Social Innovation and Programmes Manager – Business Launchpad

 Q: What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?

The world is full systems and structures that are not built with you in mind or for your benefit. With this known; do not centre your thoughts, dreams, aspirations, opinions, talents and work rate on the ill thoughts, opinions and assumptions on these parts of our society. It is not your truth teller.

Q: What quotes inspire and motivate you?

A: “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.” William Golding