Coming Together

Letter From the Editor | Issue #13



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Victoria Waething

Today we round up a two-week virtual conference, with more than 15,000 unique visitors from all over the world as more than 100 participants and speakers offered their insights in a digital universe. Our motto was Together We Change, and although change does not happen over a couple of days, I do believe we have been part of something that will create a lasting change.

It is possible

Even during a world-wide pandemic, we managed to organize the SHE Conference. And what a line-up. Kicking things off with an opening session with Erna Solberg, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Justin Trudeau, Sadiq Kahn and Katrin Jakobsdottir and finally Helen Clark, Tina Tchen, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. An amazing experience to see top world leaders talking about global gender equality and being aligned to thinking big and knowing that it is possible to reach those goals.

Setting the agenda

Again – during a pandemic, it is easy to lose sight of some aspects of our society that are not related to Covid-19. However, Covid-19 has had devastating effects for gender equality for several years to come. Prior to last year, World Economic Forum predicted that it would take 257 years to reach economic parity between men and women. While that number is staggering, it is still unknown how disastrous the consequences of Covid-19 will be on equality. We cannot lose sight of the importance of fighting for gender equality and protecting the rights that we and the people before us have fought so hard to achieve. SHE Conference set the agenda, one of the most important of our times.

Knowledge is power

Moving forward, faced with a new reality, we need to educate ourselves and in order to approach self-improvement, we need knowledge of others to do so. These weeks of SHE Conference have offered the people watching new insight into the green shift, the status quo on gender equality, as well as initiatives by both large and small organizations—all aimed at improving the state of gender inequality. Whether it be taking charge of your own economy, creating your own business, becoming a skilled leader or acknowledging your ability to be vulnerable, SHE Conference offered some valuable lessons we could all learn a great deal from.

Inspiration is like food for thought – you can do it.

We need role models, we need to see the people who thought big—went for it and succeeded. In order for us to really start creating the change we want to see in the world, we have to be inspired to do so. The many amazing speakers from this year’s conference have hopefully given all viewers inspiration to last all the year – perhaps even longer. We hope that you leave the conference more inspired, and that you know that whatever your dream: You can do it.

We all need to step up. We are all part of a bigger picture. Together we change.

The conference is available for streaming for three months.

Victoria Waething
Editor in Chief
SHE Community’s Insight Magazine