March 7, 2019 Cathy Mollica

Olikka at the UN Women National Committee Breakfast

Olikka hosted several of our top customers at the Melbourne International Women’s Day Breakfast, hosted by UN Women National Committee Australia. 

We were honoured to hear Mele Maualaivao – Country Program Coordinator(Samoa), UN Women speak about the challenges facing women in Pacific regions. She explained how women are significantly impacted by disaster, and shared with us the activities she and her team take to support women and children in these areas. Mele highlighted how sport and other activities can serve to remind young women that they already possess the leadership qualities that will help them succeed. She also spoke about the importance of having role models and representation to help young women see the roles that they have the capability to fulfil. The analogy presented for working as a team was a rowing team in the Va’a (outrigger canoe) – and how it’s only possible to achieve great things by working together as a team.

Another standout message came from James Taylor – Managing Director, SBS. James spoke about the commitments SBS make to ensure that their workplace reflects the diversity and identities of the communities in which they operate. On a personal level, I was interested about his observation that as we pivot to digital consumption, organisations need to consider the ways they work. He mentioned that teams of equals with diverse perspectives, are able to move more quickly. James also invited us to stay relevant by evolving the way we respond to societal expectations of our audiences and the societies in which we operate.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we are inspired to recognise that we are more powerful together.

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