Interview of Bohdan Bondarenko from Ukraine after the Training Course "Women in Business" in Yerevan
“Women in business” has been a wonderful project that definitely inspired me to study more about diverse obstacles in women entrepreneurship, additionally with the opportunities for sharing the knowledge and experience I got during this training course. Intercultural communication gave me deeper knowledge about different cultures and traditions, and participants from other countries have been extremely nice and open-minded, which created a cozy and understanding environment. Atmosphere of “Women in business” had been unforgettable and I am proud to be a part of it, as many topics have been discussed and a lot of issues raised during our sessions, this project definitely will influence its people to go, thrive and educate others about the way, women need to take in order to become knowledgeable and recognized in business.
The answer to the second question is very tough and controversial as there are many tips and ways to overcome such obstacles as discrimination, racism and abuse in women’s business, still my own perspective is like this: the more we educate our nations about the problems and situations that happen every day all over the world, connected with women’s rights, the less bad things will occur to women and men in general, as the education is the solution to any issue, of course it is only my own humble opinion. As Nelson Mandela has once said : “Education is the most powerful tool we have to change the world”
During the training on the project “Women in business” I have discovered how many women suffer from lack of understanding, recognition and respect from men’s side in business and in general. I have learned how to negotiate some difficult situations, resolve problems, connected with business, gender roles etc. My personal opinion on some controversial things has changed for the better and I learned how to present myself in the best way, therefore I would like to share my knowledge and experience with others, educate people about what I know and how it is to be a woman in business, especially as a representative of the opposite gender. I will share all of it, most likely, by organizing some events or workshops at my city community back in Ukraine and some sessions will be held with me as a speaker. That is my plan for now and I’m very thankful to the Copernicus Berlin and Copernicus Yerevan and Erasmus+ programme for giving me such a great opportunity to get to know the world from its better side:)