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Wanting to Listen, but ……

I was at an All Party Parliament Group meeting on Youth Affairs recently.  It was a forum focused around giving the young people the opportunity to ask questions, express their concerns and their general point of view. I found it rather fascinating that the one and a half hour event started with brief comments from a lady from a Youth body who mentioned what the type of questions, comments would be useful to her.  The facilitate went on to speak.  About half an hour later an MP from the opposition came in and spoke a bit and then took questions.

The MP for Children and Families then came in for the last hour. He settled down was briefly introduced then spoken for about 15 minutes or more.  He seemed like a very nice man and  sincere man who kept saying that he wanted to listen to what he the young people had to say.  After he’s initially introduction, which must have lasted for more than 5 minutes, he went on to say that he would like to say a few things in anticipation of the questions that the young people would probably want to ask.  By the time he finished talking there were only about 10 minutes of the allocated half hour left which meant that very few of the young people had the opportunity to ask questions,

Bemusingly one of the young people pointed out that he didn’t understand most of what the Minister had said. Before long a bell went  of and refused to stop ringing signally the end of the event.  The young people were told to write down questions that they may have for the minister so that he could answer them at a later date.

I left thinking that I wish he had really and truly listened since he said he wanted to hear what the young people had to say.

Selah

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Working 9-5 or 24-7

I had the privilege of watching Dolly Parton’s musical, “Nine to Five” last Saturday – incidentally the day after International Women’s Day.

Although it was at least a tad exaggerated, it was horrifying to think of the way that men or at least some men viewed women in those days. I found it so disconcerting to watch that I turned to my friend’s husband and asked him whether he actually felt comfortable watching it.  He thought it was too exaggerated for one to be really concerned about it.

I’m not sure that it was that exaggerated though. Ultimately I’m thankful that things are so much better now – at least for the majority of women.

One bemusing part was when one of the ladies said imagine when we stop working 9 to 5 and start working 24-7.  Questioned about the comment she said she doesn’t know where she got the idea from.

Thinking about it, in as much as things are so much better for some, one must ask – is the 24-7 culture a justifiable price to pay?

Personally, I think females of younger generations will and in fact already are beginning to fight against this, so what will we move on too and will it be another “compromise” or the ideal state of play?

Susan Popoola

#Selah

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Susan Popoola

Susan is a Human Resources Capital Optimisation Specialist specialising in areas inclusive of Talent Management with additional interest in a number of other areas inclusive of Education, Community and Social Justice.

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