Lean In Belfast calls on male leaders to ‘Mentor Her’

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  • Lean In Belfast has issued a call for male managers not to shy away from mentoring female staff at its March meet up.

    Research conducted by Lean In in early February reveals that the number of male managers who are uncomfortable mentoring women has more than tripled in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. The results also show that almost half of male managers are uncomfortable participating in a common work activity with a woman, such as working alone, mentoring or socializing together.

    Lean In Belfast’s sold out event was attended by over 100 people on Monday evening (5 March) in Barclays Eagle Labs at Ormeau Baths, a hub of local entrepreneurial activity. Lean In’s regional leadership team launched the Mentor Her campaign and encouraged attendees to set up their own peer-support groups in local businesses and organisations and take action to become leaders in their fields of expertise.

    Lean In Belfast’s founder Nuala Murphy said:

    “We want to inspire and equip more people to start their own circles, local peer support groups, and show them how to start and share events, because we know the power of peer support for changing attitudes and creating opportunities in the workplace and beyond.”

    Nuala added:

    “I have learned from the best and I want other people to have the same rich opportunities. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it is clearer than ever that we need to put an end to sexual harassment. But that is not enough.

    “There is evidence of a backlash that could be harmful to women: twice as many male managers now feel uncomfortable working alone with a woman. This is a step in the wrong direction. Now more than ever, we need men working with – and mentoring – women. When more women lead, workplaces are stronger and safer for everyone. That’s why Lean In Belfast’s encourages to business leaders to support the ‘Mentor Her’ campaign.”

    She founded Belfast’s Lean In chapter in 2016 and has seen its membership rise quickly to more than 1,400 people and 17 circles in just 18 months. The vibrant and supportive network provides support and encouragement to its members so they can help each other achieve their dreams and overcome their challenges to be the best that can be. Monthly ‘meet up’ events discuss topics of interest.

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