When Microsoft asked me to represent their Lumia Connects community at this years Trust Women Conference, I was both flattered and honoured. The Trust Women Conference is a global summit of thought leaders, business owners, activists, survivors and supporters committed to empowering women globally.
As a passionate advocate of female empowerment both in tech and business I was humbled to join the summit of such incredible global leaders and listen to key notes from incredible women such as Monique Villa (CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation) Liz Kellison (Deputy director, Financial Services for the Poor, Gates Foundation) Laura Bates (Founder, Everyday Sexism Project) Jess Search (Chief Executive, BRITDOC Foundation) Livia Firth (Creative Director of Eco Age Limited) to name but a few.
The conference covered a vast array of issues from modern day slavery, everyday sexism, human trafficking to slavery in the supply chain, these issues are being endured by both men and women across the globe daily, issues that whether we know it or not, we are part of.
Throughout the two days I was both reduced to tears hearing the stories of survivors, enraged by the inequality in the world not just for women but for those that happen to be born in a place of extreme poverty and empowered to take personal actions, make small changes to how I live and allocate my time.
The resounding message I took away from the Trust Women Conference was that we must work together in balance and harmony to create the World we want to live in. A wise man once said that ‘ a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step’ (Lao Tzu) this is true when addressing such immeasurable global issues.
Huge thank you to the fabulous girls at Microsoft for the invitation and being such fabulous company! p.s If you haven’t seen it already watch Emma Watson’s UN Speech on Equality.
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