Why do many men and women business leaders seem reluctant and uncomfortable in talking about “Down There”?
From my experience, as a leading voice in gynaecological and sexual health advocacy, based on my gynaecological cancer story, and recognised through my 10 awards for my advocacy work in raising the profile of gynaecological health awareness for the millions of women with gynaecological and related mental health issues, I want to challenge other leaders about their thinking on this topic.
There is no point in having a successful business, if your gynaecological health catches up with you.
3 quotes I’ve heard from leading business women:
1. I have chosen a career, I don’t wish to have children and don’t have a gynaecological health issue, therefore, I am not interested in the topic.
I challenge this thinking because firstly, Gynaecology is not just about having children. And just because you don’t have a gynaecological issue right now, doesn’t mean you won’t have one, nor does it mean the women you are leading won’t experience issues and won’t need your understanding.
The more open leaders are on the topic, the more open, compassionate and supportive women can become with one and other, and the more prepared they will be for any hiccups along the way.
2. Gynaecological health is too sensitive and intimate for women in business and women who work in the home, and therefore best not to openly discuss in public places.
Knowledge is Power. We need to gain the knowledge, so we can all help one and other. As leaders, we can be actively breaking down the stigmas and barriers associated with Gynaecological and Sexual Health, so that we can:
– Empower women to be more confident, to be vigilant and to take earlier action, to use correct terminology and to be able to share experiences and knowledge, because we know that sharing is part of the healing process.
– Save lives or lifetime complications through early intervention.
3. Gynaecological health is too complicated and confusing.
Sadly, some women wait too late to learn the knowledge that can either prevent issues or help them in early diagnosis and treatment. Consequently, they don’t understand terminology and are not confident to speak to their doctor or gynaecologist.
It makes sense, therefore, to encourage women to embrace the knowledge that will help to build confidence, so they can accurately inform business women and men in their world so they can ask for what they need in the way of support or services.
4. As an educated woman, I am slightly embarrassed by the very little I know about Gynaecological health.
There is no time like the present to educate yourself about your own body and how to prevent or get help with challenges.
I challenge all leaders to gain the knowledge and to support me in creating greater awareness by celebrating the International GYN Awareness Day (IGAD) on 10 September. Find out more about how you can do this here.