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.
One of the many things we LOVE is seeing is progress for girls. It's in our DNA. It's simple stuff really but it can often be the simple things that lead to the most profound results.
There are still a lot of issues holding girls back in most parts of the world and we absolutely believe that communities will be a lot more successful when girls are empowered with an education. Elissa is currently working with Care Australia in Vanuatu - an international aid organisation committed to fighting global poverty with a special focus on women and girls. Now, Elissa may be flying under the radar lately but I don't want to let her get away with it. :-) The work she is doing in the Pacific is really amazing so I wanted to share the latest project she's being work on. Because a) I'm mega proud and b) this is totally our DNA!
Having just celebrated Mother's Day, I've got women on my mind. I mean the women in my world are pretty phenomenal. They run businesses, they raise families, they plan, they schedule, they juggle, they dream, they dance, they drink red wine (some more than others), they love, they fight for and sometimes, occasionally they sleep. But not a whole lot. I mean women are crazy hey! We fit in work and study and business and travel and love and home. We grow babies, we birth babies, we feed babies and then we raise those babies. Of course we don't do it along, we have husbands or partners, families and tribes in our villages. But seriously. Women are amazing.