November 26, 2020
Trigger WARNING- This episode includes describing experiences of domestic violence and abuse.
This week I had the pleasure to talk to Russian born, Georgian resident Olga Potaptseva who delivers Agile CX programmes for clients globally.
Discussing growing up in a Communist state and surviving domestic violence to start one of the first fully virtual global CX consulting agencies delivering Agile CX.e and surviving domestic violence to start one of the first fully virtual global CX consulting agencies delivering Agile CX.
Our conversation included:
-What life was like growing up in a Communist state.
-How her father’s Rocket Scientist career shaped her aspirations.
-How Olga found her way into CX.
-The journey to setting up one of the first fully virtual CX consultancies.
-The principles of Agile CX.
-The main challenges and opportunities for WICX in Eastern Europe.
-The global issue of Domestic Violence, our experiences and how we escaped it.
-Our advice for women facing a similar situation.
This episode was a very special one for both of us as Olga and I are two women who silently experienced years of domestic violence, but never spoke about it publicly until now.
‘Your silence is an abusers greatest weapon’
As this week marked the start of ‘16 Days of Action’ on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, we decided it was time to talk about it.
Domestic Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
In general terms, it manifests in physical, sexual and psychological forms and according to statistics, 1 in 3 women will experience violence at the hands of a man during their lifetime.
And, during lockdown, made up 1 in 5 crimes reported to police.
This conversation was hard for both of us, but comes with a clear message that the only way to stop it, starts with telling somebody.
Thank you, Olga for being brave enough to share your story, and helping me share mine too.