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VI women ‘pigeonholed’ in work environment - Sharon P. Flax-Brutus

-Say no equal opportunity & pay as world observed International Women’s Day
As the world observed International Women’s Day, Director of Tourism, Mrs Sharon P. Flax-Brutus says women in the Virgin Islands (VI) still face severe challenges and are being marginalised in the professional environment even as progress has been made to demolish the glass ceiling both regionally and internationally. Photo: VINO/File
Ms Flax-Brutus highlighted some of the issues facing women in the territory at a forum in observance of International Women’s Day, yesterday, Friday, March 8, 2019, in the VI. Photo: Internet Source
Ms Flax-Brutus highlighted some of the issues facing women in the territory at a forum in observance of International Women’s Day, yesterday, Friday, March 8, 2019, in the VI. Photo: Internet Source
The director of Tourism pointed to the “Women’s Leadership Gap” report by The Centre for American Progress, which says, “Despite the fact that women earn almost 60 per cent of undergraduate degrees and 60 per cent of all master’s degrees in the US, they comprise only 255 of executive and senior-level officials and managers, hold 20 per cent of board seats and only 6 per cent are CEO’s.” Photo: Internet Source
The director of Tourism pointed to the “Women’s Leadership Gap” report by The Centre for American Progress, which says, “Despite the fact that women earn almost 60 per cent of undergraduate degrees and 60 per cent of all master’s degrees in the US, they comprise only 255 of executive and senior-level officials and managers, hold 20 per cent of board seats and only 6 per cent are CEO’s.” Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the world observed International Women’s Day, Director of Tourism, Mrs Sharon P. Flax-Brutus says women in the Virgin Islands (VI) still face severe challenges and are being marginalised in the professional environment even as progress has been made to demolish the glass ceiling both regionally and internationally.

Ms Flax-Brutus highlighted some of the issues facing women in the territory at a forum in observance of International Women’s Day, yesterday Friday, March 8, 2019, in the VI.

Equality 

“I am honoured to be selected as one of the guest speakers at this event to celebrate International Women’s Day in the Territory…  If anyone here knows me well, they would know that there are a few things that I am very passionate about and two of those are tourism and women’s rights,” she told those gathered

According to Ms Flax-Brutus, “The struggle for the recognition of women is real and I have decided to be a champion for the cause by advocating for equality for the rights whether at home or in the workplace.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I want preferential treatment for women…  What I ask for and demand is a level playing field, no more, no less,” she said. 

The director of Tourism pointed to the “Women’s Leadership Gap” report by The Centre for American Progress, which says, “Despite the fact that women earn almost 60 per cent of undergraduate degrees and 60 per cent of all master’s degrees in the US, they comprise only 255 of executive and senior-level officials and managers, hold 20 per cent of board seats and only 6 per cent are CEO’s”

Women behind – Flax-Brutus

She says that in the VI, while there are no similar national statistics, an informal survey revealed the following, “BVI Tourist Board: 13 members; 4 females, BVI Electricity Board: 10 members; 2 females, BVI Ports Authority: 11 members; 3 females, BVI Airports Authority: 10 members; 2 females [and] National Bank of the VI Board: 9 members; 5 females,” Ms Flax-Brutus revealed.

“I would like to see the day when we as women get an equal opportunity for the top jobs and that we get equal pay.  When we are being recruited, our gender will not be a factor.  No longer should we be pigeonholed into the traditional female roles,” she said.

She further revealed that as a woman in the territory, she pays a heavy price in the professional environment, “We pay an even heavier price if we refuse to succumb to the status quo and if we refuse to stay silent.”

Network & Build

“I’ve been side-lined from meetings, I’ve been reported on, reported to…you name it….in my life in BVI as a woman in a leadership role has been a challenge but it’s also been an opportunity,” she revealed.

In encouraging women to break the nasty tradition, she advised, “Build your network so you can build your net worth,” she said while urging them to innovate for change.  

“We must build smart by building up our sisters, our mothers, our daughters, our friends, our co-workers…trust me…there is strength in numbers.”

13 Responses to “VI women ‘pigeonholed’ in work environment - Sharon P. Flax-Brutus ”

  • pat (09/03/2019, 23:27) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Great presentation yall
  • Irony (10/03/2019, 06:59) Like (12) Dislike (12) Reply

    funny to hear that coming from HER mouth when she is the one to hold people back with her micro managing personality. 

    • Reply (10/03/2019, 07:47) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
      You haters never stop, she has been the best hope for the bvitb
    • Beverly (10/03/2019, 09:44) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Ouch.
    • agreed (10/03/2019, 10:22) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
      She has put down the females in tourism under her leadership ! In fact the women there know to send their requests or messages via a male in order for it to be accepted. Running her mouth like she is a champion for women and she herself pits them against each other.
      • staff (10/03/2019, 12:31) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
        You all need to stop she has supported women all the way
      • wrong place (10/03/2019, 13:11) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        There is a time and place for everything under the sun. This forum is not the place to spew your venom, Hater.

      • True (11/03/2019, 13:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Once you compliment her on her clothes and shoes, she likes you. Once you don't, she doesn't like you and you will have a hard time getting her approval. We all know who to give requests to so they can be approved.
    • Irony Indeed (11/03/2019, 13:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Interesting indeed. I wish she would walk the talk!
  • Bobthebuilder (10/03/2019, 19:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Interesting that in terms of professional environment, she only refers to public sector roles.

    I believe the private sector is making better strides. Harneys previously had a female managing partner, so did Walkers, Conyers have a gay managing partner, Mourant have a female managing partner and both partners are female. We will get there but we need to ensure equality of opportunity for all, whether male, female, gay, bisexual, trans etc.
  • hahah (10/03/2019, 20:27) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    she better thank God her former friend Myron was in at the time when she got her job and renewal...even though she and her family turned against him in the end. Curry favor must go sour after a while eh....
  • Feel n Sad (11/03/2019, 09:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    To me leadership has nothing to do with Gender or education .Like or dislike .Its a skill a talent a gift from above ...We need to stop forcing round pegs in Square holds for the sake of Gender .education Or who we like. A true leader to me is one who can rally their team members be friends with them get them to produce be respectful be calm set clwar directions. have no your members abilities fill square hole with square pegs. Encourage them. Listen to them. Engage them..descipline them when you have to..Be nice be firm...
  • I wonder (11/03/2019, 09:49) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I wonder if the female inequality has anything to do with women hating other females who aspire to greatness. I read the article; the lady made an excellent presentation and now we have some persons (women apparently) tearing her down.
    Men do not get involved in this crab in the barrel mentality in the working world - at least not to that extent. It is obvious that those who are filled with undue negativity need to straighten themselves out if they desire to make anything of themselves. Their actions are downright despicable.


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