There is something so exciting about seeing the tangible difference that can be made in communities and societies when women are empowered. We talk a lot about the importance of empowering women but does it actually make a difference? Yes, yes and YES!
A panel discussion was recently held in London to talk about ways that the private sector and development partners can take forward the recommendations of the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Three key questions about women’s economic empowerment were asked at this panel discussion and one of these was, what is the most critical thing we do if we want to see gender equality and empowerment for all women? The answer? Almost 68% of respondents recognised the need for cross sector partnership. What does that mean when the rubber meets the road? It looks like governments, companies and civil societies working TOGETHER, in partnership to address this.
It's a common symptom of living in a western, capital country to always talk about money as something you could do with more of. I get it. There are bills to pay, rising costs of living, a housing affordability crisis. Children to clothe and feed. I totally get it. But there is something really repulsive about hearing it talked about so often as something we "deserve" something we "struggle" for, "strive" for. I shudder when I hear the words come out of my own mouth "if only I had xxx then I could xxxx". So gross.
And there's nothing like a good dose of healthy reality-check to put everything in perspective. Care International has recently put out an online to calculator to work out where you rank globally in terms of income. It's a pretty snazzy little tool that combines the most recent salary data from the World Bank, currency conversion using purchasing power parity dollars, and a statistical model to estimate where you sit on the global rich list.