Global Woman held a Financial Empowerment conference that included a Men’s Panel, where they discussed their knowledge of money and their support of women’s financial independence.
Global Woman hosted an event about empowering women financially for International Women’s Day in Richmond, London, on 8th March 2022. Women from all backgrounds and generations celebrated this special day together, with some men attending as well. Stepping on stage, women shared their journey and the lessons that they have learned. Sharing a different perspective, Global Woman hosted a Men’s panel session talking about their knowledge of earning money in a world that often favours men.
Why were a group of men speaking to women on International Women’s Day, about financial empowerment? Because their voice is important too. Events like these are not only about women supporting women, but they are also inclusive for anyone supporting women empowerment.
John Hassard, Baiju Solanki, Allan Kleynhans, and Tre Lowe (pictured above from left to right) all had views from education and academia to spirituality and culture. For example, Baiju shared an interesting thought about the relationship between working hard and luck. His parents believed that everyone works hard, but some people are simply lucky in money. He explained how that belief is limiting and untrue. It is not about luck, it is about “your money mindset” and how willing you are to work hard and to “look for opportunities”. Get out there, meet people, go to events, “you never know where your wealth will be”.
Another example of a powerful insight was from Allan. He boldly told the audience his wrecking story of how he lost all his money and his family and had to spend a night in a train station, nowhere to go. That’s when he realised that money didn’t make him happy, and he had “to learn to be happy without money”. Allan explained that in order to attract money, you need to fall in love with yourself. Once you value yourself, you learn how to keep and manage your money.
They also commented on their view about men who feel intimidated in dating women who earn more than them. They all agreed that women earning more than their partners should be irrelevant and that they loved a powerful, financially independent woman. John added “Without trying to give dating advice, if you meet these men, you should just dump them!”. Adding “They are not worth it, and this world doesn’t need people like them”.
A woman asked a question from the audience; “What could she tell her teenage son, growing in a world where the future is focused on women?”. The answer was clear for Allan: “The future is for human beings. Women are not trying to overpower men in this world but to have equality in every aspect of life. There is still a gap between genders, but we are all working hard towards a world where that gap is gone. A world of human beings”.
The audience learned that the men might not have had the same obstacles as women, but they have faced other obstacles. And it is important for women to hear what they have to say about earning money in a male-dominated world, and how to keep it. It is not only women’s fight for equality; it is also theirs.