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International Women’s Day 2015

As International Women’s Day is coming up this weekend, I decided it was time to get back to this blog and share some of the initiatives for CHANGE that are empowering women around the world.

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According to the official website, “annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.”

Having lived, worked and travelled in many countries throughout the world, I accept and appreciate that there are huge differences in values and opinions on every subject. Whilst we will never all agree on any particular topic, we can raise our awareness by stepping into another person’s shoes, just for a brief moment in time, in an attempt to put aside our own personal values and ideas and accept that everyone, not only has a story, but has a right to tell it and express their opinions and be respected, not judged, beaten nor demonized for doing so.

Allow me to start by sharing this TED talk by Jessica Jackely, the founder of Kiva, an organization that has facilitated more than 150 MILLION dollars in micro loans globally.

She builds a powerful case for why helping women to start their own businesses is a major key to ending poverty in developing nations.

I, personally, agree that entrepreneurship empowers and respects women in a far more effective way than donations and I fully support CHANGE in this direction. I have been following KIVA for some time now and Jessica’s TED talk and her story, particularly her vulnerability towards the end of the talk have increased my respect for her tenfold.

What do you think?

Jessica’s talk appears along with other powerful videos on the Women United for Change website. Women United for Change is a movement led by women from across the network marketing / direct sales profession, strong believers in the power of entrepreneurship and in helping others transform their lives.

By building their own businesses, these women have become empowered (personally, professionally, spiritually and financially) and want to help other women experience the amazing transformation that comes about by having a business (particularly those in the poorest countries in the world).

By investing a small portion of the profits from their businesses into the Women Empowered program, they are making a big difference in the lives of other women (and consequently, for the world at large).

Let me just add that, unfortunately, the organization that Jessica mentions towards the end of her video was shut down, for (in my humble opinion) totally inappropriate reasons…. but that’s another story for another day…..