International Women’s Day , Open Day
‘There was a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.’
Celebrating the International Women’s Day needed not pass by without significance. How we were we to achieve this was a sincere concern. The theme for the year was apt: the core message togetherness, all women having equality no matter their background or location.
Deciding on the open day was an Aha! moment as Nana Akua said: ‘Brighten the corner where you are’. Every girl child believing in their ability to excel was an end result we hoped for.
We immediately thought of unlocking young minds:
Minds afraid to dream,
Minds that had little or no ability to dream,
Minds that didn’t believe in the possibility of greatness.
Our objective for these young girls was to leave them with a desire to continually Press for Progress. A press on themselves to want to be better at all they do A press to dream and to get to the top of anything and everything they find themselves doing.
We opened up a dream world of possibilities when we opened our doors to these lovely young ladies, 65 in number, from the Dzorwulu Jhs, Accra. The very opportunity to have the girls over was inspiring not just to us but to them as well.
For most less privileged girls the highest attained level of success is marriage to a wealthy man. The society and our culture has informally caused us to believe this, and it has become acceptable. Realising that the schooling girl was mentally restrained from dreaming, the event, we hoped, would wake up a ‘can-do’ spirit in them and further cause a ripple effect for them to dream possibilities.
Going to the school to meet up with the headmistress was a wonderful experience as they were glad we chose them out of the lot. They surely were glad to join us for the International Women’s Day because, the headmistress believed it was a great opportunity for the girls to see what they, the teaching team kept hammering on how far education and dreaming could take them.
March 8, 2018 started out well as the office prepared to receive the girls. Our men tour guides were ready to take the girls around as we waited to receive them in our conference room.
The interaction was extremely fulfilling as we watched these shy girls burst out of their buds into blossoming flowers. They were filled with excitement and had lots and lots of questions. A planned thirty (30) minute interaction turned to an hour and a half session: we should have extended the International women’s day if you ask me.
The interactions were bordered around
- How a vision turned into Archxenus
- How Archxenus broke the boundaries of the norm and still excelling
- How to believe in oneself and think outside the box at all times
- Meeting the Archxenus team (women dominated)
- A preview of the company’s profile and as well some finished and ongoing projects
A Q&A session after, where questions ranged from
- Role of a CEO and benefits of a CEO
- Reasons for Archxenus’s interior style
- How we are making the environment conducive for staff
- Opportunities for internships
- Courses they would be required to study in order to enter the fields of architecture and engineering
From the questions asked by these young ladies, we immediately picked up on the excitement in their minds as we able to determine this as we had prior knowledge of their thought process.
A presentation of a picture was made to the ladies to display in their classrooms as a constant reminder of who they are and what they can achieve.
We left them with this quote: ‘A well-read Woman is dangerous.’