The workforce needs to be “a lot less PC with each other” if we are to make progress with gender equality conversations.
That was the message of Abi Ijansami, director of legal and corporate affairs at Diamondair, speaking on the Leading the Industry panel of the inaugural Women in Travel & Tourism forum – for which TTG Media was media partner.
“A lot of men know there is a problem but don’t know practically how or what to do,” said moderator Veronica Velazquez, global lead of inclusion and diversity at Expedia Group.
“There’s a lot of paralysis of ‘I don’t want to say or do the wrong thing, or maybe step in if the woman doesn’t want the help’.”
Ijansami said: “If [a man has] said the wrong thing, let them know and why. Being scared to have those conversations is holding us back. We need to be a lot more open and practical and a lot less PC.”