Women are speaking up Worldwide… and it’s about time.

48% of employed women have been sexually harassed at work according to the New Street Journal.

The BBC Radio 5 Live Presenter, George Riley, has been suspended from the show following complaints from female members of staff.

The Conservative Party staff members have compiled a list of 36 current Tory MPs who have either had affairs with Junior Colleagues or behaved inappropriately towards women, with some even using prostitutes.

Yesterday’s headlines.

These reports follow last week’s announcement from the BBC, which revealed half of British women had been sexually harassed at work – having commissioned a survey in the wake of the widespread sexual assault claims against Harvey Weinstein.

2,031 British adults were included in the research, of which 53% of women confirmed they had experienced some form of sexual harassment at work ranging from inappropriate comments to actual sexual assaults – with a massive 63% of those victimised advising they had not reported it to anyone.

The BBC concluded that at least one in 10 women had been sexually assaulted at work, demonstrating just how widespread the problem is.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is still unravelling as we speak, where over 60 victims have now spoken of their horrendous experiences. The good news? Women, and Men, now feel they can stand up and talk about ‘it’, without concern of what could happen if they do.

Prior to the scandal, victims have expressed concern about speaking out, questioning whether they should say something, if others will believe them and what they will think?

When you sit back and read these questions, and really analyse the thought-process here, they all lead to the same road: caring too much about what other people think instead of standing up for ourselves, feeling safe in the knowledge that we are right, strong-minded individuals, and certainly not victims of the inappropriate behaviour of others.

The female celebrities who have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein are demonstrating this point perfectly – with prime examples in Cara Delevingne, Angelina Jolie and Gwenyth Paltrow, who are leading the pack and showing females globally that we do not have to sit back and accept sexual harassment in or out of the workplace.

For years Harvey Weinstein made women feel as though they couldn’t get ahead in their career without him, and what’s more, if they spoke up and informed others of harassment, their careers would be ruined for life.

These women are idols in their own right – and the fact they are now speaking up together should highlight that we too can stand and fight against the wrong in the World and push hard for what we believe in.

This follows on from what I was discussing in my previous post – ‘Why I’m not going to stop saying sorry’ – where I talk about how so many women in Business feel they have to fight harder for their place in the corporate World, failing to see that they are phenomenal in their job roles and shouldn’t feel anything but.

So, whether we are fighting for our place in Business, supporting those victimised by sexual harassment or pushing to close the Gender Pay Gap, we as women have to stand up and fight. We have to stop caring and worrying so much about what others may think and work towards our goals and dreams. We’ve got this.

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  • Bit nervous to post this but my amazing friends have reassured me that you should never been ashamed of your experiences that got you to where you are now! 
Last year, I achieved a lot of things I’d always dreamt of. Yet, I felt like I was on this never ending rat race wheel, once finally achieving goals, quickly forgetting how far I’d come and looking for the next thing to accomplish. Nothing ever felt enough, my ambition was killing me. My striving for more and more, constantly left me feeling dissatisfied, never living in the now, always looking for the next moment in life, the next best thing, the next pay cheque.

I decided to take a month to explore myself, explore the world, and find out what happiness actually looked like to me, find out what it meant to be content in that given moment, not wishing for the next thing or thinking I could always find a way to improve the now. I headed to India to live with monks without the influence of my ‘normal’ life around me.

It was tough, no internet, no contact, no luxuries but something within me changed. I think I actually started to accept myself for who I am. 
I’m not going to pretend like I had some sort of magical life changing epiphany and don’t still have days where I wonder what the hell is going on, but what I am truly grateful for, is the time it gave me to sit back, consciously evaluate what was important to me, what my values were and the direction I wanted my life to head in.

Off the back of it, I realised the importance of communication and came home and set up my own podcasting company, to help people communicate (which I adore), took a step back from the false reality of social media, learnt how to say no to things I didn’t want to do, and started dedicating more time to loved ones. 
I’m excited (and nervous) to share the full short documentary with you but I hope you, a friend or a family member gain something from it. I’ve learnt it’s ok sometimes to feel lost in life, and life isn’t always a straight line, it’s ups and downs but that’s what makes you alive. 
Thank you to everyone who was a part of this journey, the people 100% made it and I am truly grateful from the bottom of my heart✌🏻

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