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LagosMums, mother honestly to equip women with work-life balance strategies

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
10 September 2022   |   4:06 am
Leading family-oriented platforms, LagosMums and Mother Honestly, are set to host a career and family-oriented event in Nigeria with over 2,000 attendees expected in-person and virtually.

Leading family-oriented platforms, LagosMums and Mother Honestly, are set to host a career and family-oriented event in Nigeria with over 2,000 attendees expected in-person and virtually.

Tagged the Prosper Summit, the conference is a result of the collaboration between Yetty Williams and Blessing Adesiyan to lead deliberate conversations on changing existing negative narratives around caregiving, motherhood and parenting while proffering strategies for women, families and professionals seeking to navigate the extremes of work and life, career and family demands successfully.

A 2021 research carried out by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey confirmed that women were burned out and chronically stressed in the workplace than men. According to the report, the burnout ratio between women and men had almost doubled since the previous year.

Parenting coach and Founder of LagosMums, Williams, who had independently convened eight editions of the LagosMums Annual Parenting Conference, stated that the Prosper Summit is an opportunity to understand our new reality post-pandemic and for the modern Nigerian family, parents and professionals to articulate their peculiar challenges in their work-life journeys while finding help and support to manage their lives and responsibilities successfully.

“I am excited to be elevating this conversation alongside Blessing to discuss the realities that continue to affect our careers, finances, family and well-being. We are bringing together thought leaders, policymakers and leading private institutions to help business people, professionals and parents find balance, support and stability as they win at work and home.

“Participants at the Prosper Summit are assured of deep and practical conversations, networking with like-minded people and thought leaders, and having a rewarding experience overall,” she said.

She added that the summit would afford stakeholders an inclusive platform to deliberate on effective means of supporting women at work and home.

“The goal of the summit is to provide solutions for families to create practical work-life balance.” Williams believes that when women and families succeed at home, well being, productivity and retention could only increase. She enjoined all interested parties to join in creating a path towards a future where families prosper.

Blessing, co-convener of the Prosper Summit and Founder of Mother Honestly, a U.S-based care and financial platform for women, family and work said, “as breadwinners, primary caregivers or both, we are saddled with the emotional, physical and psychological demands of being support systems for our families.”

She added: “In Nigeria, culture has placed women on the receiving end of this unfortunate narrative. They are expected to carry on a ‘saviour’s approach’ to juggling roles and tasks until they break down. In rare cases, men are also caught in this rung.

“These scenarios beg the questions ‘who cares for the caregiver? Who supports these women and men who dedicate time, money and other resources to ensure the comfort of their nuclear and extended households?”

The one-day event scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, is expected to host a diverse audience including policymakers and organisations for a series of plenaries, breakout sessions, meditations, deep dives, games and other self-development activities.

The Prosper Summit also drives objectives pursuant to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal eight, which ‘recognises the importance of sustained economic growth and high levels of economic productivity for the creation of well-paid quality jobs and the promotion of labour rights, safe and secure working environments’, particularly for women.

The Summit will create a new avenue for deeper engagements, especially among full-time mums and women in business and enterprise from the standpoint of work-life balance.

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