Beyond #MeToo and #TimesUp – the role of women and men in the workplace
The Edinburgh WIBF branch was delighted to welcome back Catherine Arden for the August Personal Excellence Programme (PEP) event. This event was jointly hosted by EY in their modern Atria One offices.
This was a fun and highly interactive session and included an overview of how the #MeToo movement has gained traction following the first use of the phrase back in 2006. It was interesting to see how this developed from a one-off comment into a global social movement.
Throughout the evening there were interactive sessions using Catherine’s theatrical background to teach us some techniques to help us be more assertive and to be aware of how both men and woman can use their physical presence to different effect, both inside and outside of a work environment.
The session concluded with an overview of harassment and explained that this is anything that may cause you distress or alarm. Importantly, it was emphasised that this can be very different for every individual. This prompted some interesting discussions about the types of behaviour from both men and women which may be deemed appropriate by some but not by others, and the rights which exist to protect us all.
We would like to thank Catherine for rearranging the event following previous travel issues and to Rebecca and EY for hosting the event.