International Women's Day - Featuring, Kavita
Kavita, while building her empire @humaniteasg, she is also planning fun experiences for @beyondexpeditionsg!
1. Why did you choose those products?
Bag - I like bags that are water resistant and lightweight, which makes the High Coast Foldsack perfect for me. I love the compartments that come with it; this helps me to easily find things in my bag.
Hat - Being outdoors most of the time, I'm exposed to sun and rain. The Kiruna hat gives me an all-around protection. It has been really useful for me, and I absolutely love it!
Slippers - I love the mocha coloured Rio De Janeiro sandals! Not only it's extremely comfortable, it also smells great!
2. What does International Women's Day mean to you?
I feel women in some ways face universal challenges, and this day takes a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of women.
3. What challenges have you stereotypically faced because of your gender?
As a woman, I was mostly judged based on my looks. In general, females are held to higher beauty standards and are judged more harshly to meet these standards. I felt that I had to spend more time on my appearance as compared to men.
5. What women-related myths or taboos need to be broken?
I feel society should see women from a broader spectrum and not seen secondary to men. We should not assume a woman's role is less important. We should be asking women, including young girls, about their professions, their goals, and dreams. We should compliment and celebrate the success of every woman.
6. What do you believe can be done to address gender stereotypes?
I believe gender stereotypes can be worked on from a very young age. Kids have the natural ability to see the world as limitless; however, adults signal that certain things and behaviours are off limits for kids based on their gender, this narrows kids outlook in life. Young girls will start to learn that they can't say or think in a certain way because society does not accept such behaviours from a woman.
7. Who is the most inspirational woman in your life?
This is a tough one! I don't have a particular person that I truly look up to. I approach life as a student, and the people I meet are my teachers. I feel that I can learn from anyone and everyone regardless of age or gender. This outlook helps me to constantly self-reflect and grow along the way. Recently, a 7-year-old girl who was asking me so many questions taught me to always stay curious in life.
8. Do you have any empowering message you wish to convey to other women who are reading this interview?
I once read this quote from Coco Chanel: "A girl should be two things: who and what she wants." And it has been one of my favourite and most impactful quote. Whenever I find myself in a conversation with someone who says females should be settling down or having kids at a certain age, I will use this quote, and I hope more women can relate to this.
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