In honour of this year’s International Women’s Day theme, we invite ourselves and all to #ChooseToChallenge.
Elevate. Challenge yourself to honour the women around you and celebrate their accomplishments. This is an easy one — every woman around you is inspiring in one form or another.
Speak up. Challenge sexism, racism, classism, cissexism, ableism, ageism, heterosexism, colonialism, as well as other discriminatory belief systems by advocating for safer spaces and anti-harassment framework in your workplace.
Encourage and promote. Challenge the lack of women and diversity in management and ownership positions. Never has the rift been due to a lack of will, skill or knowledge.
Level the field. Challenge the barriers to motherhood. Becoming a mother while remaining a restaurant or bar professional shouldn’t be taboo or made to be so difficult, compared to fathers. We need to encourage family & work life balance and cease penalizing women for choosing to add motherhood to their list of life accomplishments.
Share the wealth. Challenge the gatekeepers to open the floodgates and actively take part in educating and training the next generation of hospitality professionals.
To all of our sisters in the industry and beyond:
We see you. We hear you. We stand by you.
True success is collective.