Blog Series – International Women’s Day – Pardeep Uppal

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m married, a mother of one beaut of a girl, living in Bedfordshire.

Bit of my history, I was born and raised in Scunthorpe. I then met my husband around 7 years ago, we dated for a bit and got married almost a year to date we met.

It seemed quick to others but if you know you know. After our wedding, we shifted to London and settled into our lives together.

I used to work in accountancy but it wasn’t really me, it was something I always thought I wanted to do so pursued it but didn’t work out as I wanted.

After I got married I gained a new sense of confidence and decided to go for something that I was passionate about. Helping others. I became a support worker for Mencap and over the last 6 years worked my way up to Manager, something I never thought possible previously.

Goes to show that when you are passionate about what you do you can make leaps. One of the best decisions I ever made. 

The theme for IWD this year is EachforEqual – as an inspiring female leader/entrepreneur what do you strive when you hear equality?

Equality to me means many things.

In my job I have the privilege of working for and with people with learning disabilities. I am constantly challenging and fighting for their rights to be equal in society, to not be judge based on their disability but celebrated for their abilities.

Since I was little I’ve always had great empathy and desire to help those who can’t be heard. Wanting to fight for justice and equality whether that’s for women or for those who are different and can’t fight for themselves.

I’ve grown a lot in the last few years and with that has come confidence where I’ve been able to do this. 

Can you give us an example of when you were discriminated against because of your gender?

I guess for me it’s growing up the discrimination from my own culture. Narratives constantly by family members (directly and indirectly) of what is expected of me due to my gender. Small differences I noticed between how I was raised compared to my brother. It isn’t direct “blame” on anyone just the culture which I felt needed to be shifted. 

How did you overcome this?

By having honest conversations as I grew up and pointing these differences out, backing campaigns that promote gender equality and other differences. 

What advice would you give to your younger self and future generations of women who strive to live in a more equal world? 

Follow your passion. Follow what feels right for you and don’t worry about anyone else.

 

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