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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…..

In the absence of love……

The other day I came across this article http://acestoohigh.com/2012/04/23/lincoln-high-school-in-walla-walla-wa-tries-new-approach-to-school-discipline-expulsions-drop-85/ and it filled me with joy to learn that some schools are seeing the light!

When will we ever realise that what we are doing as a society is not working? And we must start with the children if we want to make profound and lasting change.

I am back in England at the moment and I see that, once again, the powers that be, are fiddling around making changes to the education system. How about making fundamental changes to the way we view each other and work with each other at the earliest stages?

I wonder when or even if we will ever learn that punishment is already too late and that prevention, combined with compassion after the event, do actually work. This does not condone inappropriate behaviour but teaches children that they do have choices in life. They can choose how they react and respond in certain situations. We ALL can and the younger we start the better. By providing this support and nurturing in schools, particularly if it is absent in the home could well lead to a happier, healthier, more connected world…. hmmm, something to think about?

When I was teaching, many years ago, I had 3 rules in my classroom and everything in life falls into these 3 categories:

1. Respect Yourself

2. Respect Others

3. Respect Property/ the environment

Simple…. this went on my classroom wall, whether I was teaching 3 year olds or 12 year olds and any incident could be dealt with by identifying which rule & how it was being broken.

So much of what we hear in the media is negative and our focus in society is on punishment rather than love and compassion; on cure as opposed to prevention in all forms of healing, be it body, mind or spirit.

In the absence of love….. what do we find?