By Dea Srivastava
Women make up approximately half of the world’s population, so their perspectives, experiences, and insights are essential for creating a comprehensive understanding of various issues. I was watching this podcast by Navya Naveli Nanda where three women who share a similar background but completely different work profiles discuss women voicing their opinions. Some do it often, while some don’t. The don’ts might always have a story to tell – perhaps lack of encouragement, lack of confidence or even at times, lack of knowledge.
Encouraging women to voice their opinions fosters a sense of equality and empowerment. It allows them to assert themselves in spaces where they may have been marginalised or silenced in the past, leading to greater gender equality overall. Throughout my engagement with Tap In Tribe, I’ve had a chance to speak with a lot of women for work. Interestingly, I found it true that women often have unique perspectives shaped by their lived experiences that can offer fresh insights and solutions to complex problems. Embracing these diverse viewpoints enriches discussions and leads to more innovative and inclusive outcomes. And thus, inclusion of women’s voices in policy and decision-making processes must be encouraged. More female participation will ensure that laws, regulations, and initiatives consider the needs and interests of all members of society leading to more effective and equitable outcomes for everyone.
While I was watching the podcast episode, I felt that because NN had someone like a JB while growing up, she has her priorities right. She had strong women figures, making their own decisions, who were independent financially – symbolic of a near ideal scenario. Similarly, seeing women in leadership positions and participating actively in discussions encourages others to do the same, creating a positive cycle of empowerment.
Overall, women voicing their opinions is not just important for women themselves, but for society as a whole. It contributes to a more inclusive, equitable, and vibrant discourse, leading to better outcomes for one and all. Agree? Tell us what you think on community@tapintribe[dot]com – let’s engage, share and come up with ideas for a more open, equitable platform for women to feel safe and share their opinions on.
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