Mary-Jo Hill

03 Mar 2021
This post is a tribute to the many men in my professional life, who truly hold all those around them with the utmost respect, whatever their gender.

Men have suffered much in lockdown. The alternative perspective.

As we approach the return of back to school and International Women’s Day in only in 4 days time, it is important to recognise that this means a hard time for all sectors: men included. The stark realities of lockdown have affected mental health in general and this report says a lot about the impact on men and the statistics are startling.

International Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19th and is an important day to remember. I know that some may respond with ‘banter’ – that male preserve of being able to hide true emotion in deprecating humour – but let’s take a moment to recognise that they also have emotional professional needs, not always met.

This post is a tribute to the many men in my professional life, who truly hold all those around them with the utmost respect, whatever their gender. When collating a list, I realised that there were so many. They outweighed the women about 2:1 in numbers, an interesting reflection on my own professional life and the gender balance. So this celebrates all those men who have ‘what matters most inside’, as Dolly Parton would put it. Committed to ensuring true equality in the workplace, and equality for all and the many, through more, than just the lens of gender. Thank you.

So this one will make you laugh. Dolly, of course, this week. We may need to overlook the visuals to go with the song! There is still progress to be had!