We often have those days where there is just no motivation to wake up. Well this week we had a lovely chat with Riikka Loisamo (Head of Investor Operations for Slush) who gave us an insight to what gets her up in the mornings, and with that got us thinking….as a healthy individual with a passion you should always have something to wake up for! Come on girls, just being YOU should be motivating to make those steps out of bed and embrace a new day! So here we have it, Riikka Loisamo who is originally from Finland but settled in Singapore, shares her story about why she loves this country, her passion for travel and finally a question close to our hearts, what female empowerment means to her??

 

So Riikka, the floor is yours! 

 

What gets you up in the morning?  

The life itself! I’m so happy to be healthy and able to spend my days doing things that inspire me. Our team at Slush is diverse and working with student volunteers is very rewarding. It’s easy to wake up when every day is different and you have no idea what kind of problems you get to solve during the day.    

 

Travelling is…  

My dearest hobby and a great way to be exposed to other cultures. I try to travel at least once a year to new countries and regions. It often feels that the most prejudiced people are those who have never had a chance to get to know people from other cultures and backgrounds.

Living abroad and traveling has made me more proud to be a Finn. Unfortunately, we take so many things for granted. Travelling is a great way to wake us up and make us more appreciative of what we have.

 

What are some of your life goals?  

I have 40 over life goals varying in scale and their number increases all the time. Most of my goals are countries I want to travel to and sport competitions I want to take part in. Careerwise I hope to be able to support other women, promote more sustainable businesses and publish a book.

 

What does female empowerment mean to you?  

To me female empowerment is all about promoting equality. The current systems and social structures still favor men.

Singapore and other developed countries are very advanced when it comes to equal access to education. However, it’s more difficult for women than men to advance in their careers after junior level positions. And even if they do, we tend to get paid less money for the same job.

 

It’s not only careers where females are left behind. As we don’t invest as actively as men, we generate less assets during our lifetimes. Female empowerment means promoting women in all aspects of life and making sure we have the same opportunities than men.

Big part of female empowerment is the activation of men. It’s impossible for women to succeed if men don’t support us at work but especially at home.

 

What do you like most about Singapore?  

Racial harmony. No matter the election process but the mere fact that the current president of Singapore is a muslim woman is very unique and something Singaporeans should be proud of.

So many countries are struggling with byproducts of racist behavior and discrimination. The leaders of Singapore have done amazing work for decades and by so doing they have managed to address potential problems before they have even emerged. Many other world leaders could learn so much from Singapore.   

 

Thank you Riikka for these insightful answers! We hope that this leaves our readers with positive thoughts for the weekend and time to reflect on how you start your day!

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