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.
You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a pamplemousse from Vanuatu. It might seem like a sweeping and unverifiably big call, but I stand by it: the pamplemousse is amazing. According to Google Translate, pamplemousse is the French word for grapefruit. This is quite misleading. In my experience of grapefruit, in Australia at least, they don’t even begin to compare to the wonder that is pamplemousse.
Mostly, Monday's suck. The return to the grind. The farewell of the weekend. The looming doom of school lunches and kindy drop-offs and the mad rush of "getting ready" whacks you in the face and sends the memories of weekend bliss - slow coffees and frolics in the sunshine - skittering off into the distance, frightened away by the clanging bell of the daily grind. Dramatic right. Accurate? Mostly...
But, there is also something nice about Mondays. The newness of a the first page of the fresh week. Like a crisp new notebook just waiting to be filled with scribbles of creative beauty. It's a blank slate. Anything could happen. And it could be the same as last week. Or it could be completely different. And actually that power lies with you and me. Sure there are a million and one mundane things we "have" to achieve. The boring stuff like the school lunches, grocery shopping, the work commute, the bills to pay and schedules to keep. But in between the moments are madness are also a million other little moments that are ours for the taking. The moments where we can choose kindness instead of disdain, empathy instead of apathy, love instead of hate, a smile instead of an eye-roll.