On International Women’s Day lets all ask ourselves how can we best support women to feel safe?

The day is today… The moment is now…

We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs to be done right away.

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day

I am currently being asked by #GoodMen how do we support women to feel safe. Very often when you have the deeper conversation they will say I am not surrounded by “men like this”, aka men who are unsafe for women to be around .

And you ask yourself what “men like this” look like to men. For everyone to feel safe we all need to be prepared to have difficult conversations. This is so important for all cultural issues we must change

This concept of putting people in boxes doesn’t fly anymore. Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus and now according to The Australian men are right wing and women are left wing is pathetic in the extreme.

If culture change means some books written in another era that don’t pass the culture pub test today aren’t printed any more so bit it.  That means somebody is doing something. Its sending a message

In the last ten years behaviour change has become my area of expertise. Not because I am an expert, its because I surround myself with experts who help others become experts

and we have become extraordinarily successful at it together. This year we were declared world class. 

If this can be achieved in 6 months in a school classroom how long will it take in the community.

What are the barriers?

How do we bring the right people together?

How can we support them?

So many questions?

Yes it starts with asking questions and genuinely listening?

The principles for behaviour change are universal and we can all be role models.

 

Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life