Telecommunications firm Flow Jamaica hosted a summit in recognition of International Women’s Day at its Corporate Offices in Kingston on Friday, March 6.
The summit, called #EachForEqual: Passion For Action 2020 Summit, catered to more than 100 staff members, including men, as part of its efforts to promote gender equality for the globally recognised day celebrated annually on March 8. A further 500 of its employees joined the summit via live stream.
Activities included a fireside chat with entrepreneur and business leader, Audrey Hinchcliffe, CEO of Manpower Maintenance Services Limited; and a panel discussion with Susanna O’Sullivan, Flow’s recently appointed first female Senior Director of Technology; advocate and philanthropist Emprezz Golding and Dennis Brooks, journalist and communications consultant.
Senior manager, Communications, Northern Caribbean, Kayon Mitchell, said “The theme this year, Each for Equal, is based on the notion of ‘collective individualism’ – recognising that our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Today’s Summit further supports our collective will to foster gender equal opportunities for all. It takes passion, motivation and determination to go against convention but that is what is needed.”
Flow Jamaica Country Manager, Stephen Price, said the theme should be part of a larger conversation on gender equality, while highlighting the company’s own efforts for parity.
“Let’s question our preconceived notions about the roles of men and women. Let’s take a serious look at whether we are being supportive partners. Are we helping our partners to achieve their goals and dreams? Or, are we forcing them into traditional roles? Let’s reflect on how we treat our children and the norms that we reinforce. When I look at my daughter, I need to know that she has the same likelihood of success as my son,” Price said.