Diverse young talent is the future. But is the future ready for diverse young talent?
Real Talks is an initiative by RA*W and The Student Hotel to open up the conversation about taboos in the creative industry. Our aim is to inspire young talent, share insights and build a better future together. With different perspectives, more colour, more opinions, more diversity and more openness.
In our second Real Talk, we talked about gender inequality. Because as we speak, the creative industry is not representative to the world we live in. Especially focused on gender, we see an obvious imbalance. We opened up the conversation with WOMEN Inc.'s Karlijn Straver, Heleen Hidskes, Jhelisa Tramaine, Arno Peperkoorn, Anne Stoof, Bas Welling & Danielle Jiskoot to talk about this gender inequality.
The Real Talk was kicked-off by Karlijn Straver. She is Project Manager at WOMEN Inc. and very committed to gender equality in the workplace. She works with employers all over the Netherlands to create more inclusive workplaces, where everyone can be themselves and have equal opportunities. Her activating talk pinpointed exactly what work needs to be done to fight gender inequality and she gave some interesting tips and tools to counteract the imbalance in the creative industry.
Next up was the Panel Discussion, moderated by Heleen Hidskens in which we brought the conversation about gender inequality to life with a inspiring group of people (Jhelisa Termaine, Danielle Jiskoot, Anne Stoof en Bas Welling). On the basis of a few statements, we talked for example about gender inequality in the creative industry, biases, parental leave and gender pronouns. he discussion provided us with plenty of perspectives and gave us insights on how to truly move forward together.
The second speaker was Arno Peperkoorn. His razor-sharp talk emphasised the seriousness of the situation. Arno talked about real life examples and gave useful tips, from his years of experience within his agency and recruitment world.
All proceeds of this event went to WOMEN Inc. Who strive for a world with equal opportunities for everybody, regardless of your gender or sex.