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For the past 6 months, I have been dating a
Pakistani man. We met during an event in Rio
and then met again in Pakistan last year when
I was invited to give some talks over there.
And when you date somebody who is not
from your country, you obviously discover a
lot of things.
• Meaning that planning holidays is a sheer headache.
• Meaning that if he feels like visiting me, he can’t. If he
suddenly misses me too much as many lovers do, he is
physically incapable of doing so.
• If I fall sick and I need him by my side, he cannot be here.
Impossible. There is an invisible barrier between us.
• It is called privilege.
• I have the privilege to be white and to hold a fantastic
• And as most of us who have privilege, I did not deserve it
especially and on top of it, I am not aware of it.
• Many of us, Europeans, Americans, Australians do
not even have a passport, or never use it. And if
we do, we take it for granted.
• I have never been questioned at an airport, I am
never stopped in the street and asked about my
identity, I have never felt any animosity towards
me at customs or border. NEVER.
• I am never afraid to not be able to board a plane
or to be denied the entry in any country.
• I am white and I am privileged.
t men (and some women) around the world think sexism is not an issue an
w examples of male privilege:
vilege of a gender that confers authority.
vilege to show skin and dress as you wish.
vilege of seeing yourself widely and positively represented in the media.
vilege of having political off cials f ght for issues that pertain to your sex.
vilege of having major religions in the world led by individuals of your sex.
vilege to move or date without fear of harassment, assault, or rape.
is what Roland Barthes calls “exnomination.” Male gender is considered the nor
lem then lies with the other, which men feel they do not belong to.
PRIVILEGE IS WHEN YOU THINK SOMETHING
IS NOT A PROBLEM BECAUSE IT’S
NOT A PROBLEM TO YOU.
• Most white people think racism is gone now.
• Most men think sexism is not an issue anymore.
• Most heterosexual people think homophobia is not a
So my first question to you is :
are you aware of your
This is an uncomfortable
• Most common reactions to privilege
• Defensiveness: “I’m not going to feel guilty for what I
inherited. If some people don’t have those same
privileges, tough luck!”
• Paralyzing guilt: “This is just so unfair, but what am I
supposed to do about it!? I never asked for this, and
one little person can’t change a system that’s been
around for hundreds of years!”
• But again, these reactions are because deep down,
you know it’s not OK.
Let it be clear. Not everybody is
in favor of an equitable society.
• Because change triggers fears.
• Will I lose my privilege?
• Where do I stand?
• What is my new role?
• What is my identity?
• What Is OK and not OK now? I am lost.
• Will « the other » take my seat, overpower me and exclude me now as I excluded him/her
in the past?
• So the best defense mechanism is denial.
• The best way to avoid change is to refuse to acknowledge the problem.
• And denial takes many forms:
– Questioning the figures
– Relativizing the situation
– Saying it’s already better now
– Making jokes
– Being cynical about it
The question is: how do you
level the playing field?
• Equity means acknowledging one’s
privilege and accepting that extra help is
given to those who have less.
I believe we all have a role to
play to balance the world.
• I believe we all have a role to play to balance the world.
• Ten years ago, I joined my tribe. A tribe of restless individuals who
pick the problem they are most passionate about and try to make a
change, with their own means. A tribe of social innovators, of
entrepreneurs, of changemakers.
• My fight was gender, because I grew up in a very patriarchal family
in the Pyrenees, where I could see how both women and men were
suffering from the boxes they were trapped in.
• And now that’s what I do, I travel all around the world to identify
solutions to everyday sexism, I write about it, I talk about it, I coach
women and men to better master their own narrative and be the
captains of their lives, no matter what gender norms say.
Diversity is the new
Either you adapt or you die.
What is YOUR fight?
• Because diversity is the new Darwinism. We can cling
desperately to the old world, we can drown ourselves
into denial or we can embrace change and make the
world a better place for our children.
• Diverse companies will survive. The others will die.
• Diverse companies outperform others.
• They have a better image and thus attract the best
• They better mirror their customers.
• They have better ideas, are more innovative.
• As an individual, How do you respect others ? How do
you challenge your own biases ?
• As a manager, how do you open your pipeline ? how
do you mentor your talent ? how do you ensure your
working environment is safe and not hostile ? how
flexible are you in terms of hours? What about
paternity leave ? do you portray success stories of
people from diverse backgrounds ?
• As a company, how do you truly make these values a
reality ? How do you make them visible ?