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JAN. 14, 2019

 

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GIRLS & WOMEN

Nepal Officials Reaffirm Goal to Destroy Deadly 'Period Huts'

Punishment for forcing women to live in poor conditions while menstruating is becoming more severe.


Why Global Citizens Should Care
Societies around the world attach shame to menstruation. Nepal is tightening its laws around menstrual huts to protect women from life threatening gender discrimination. You can join us in taking action on this issue here

Nepal’s government is going to great lengths to protect women and girls of reproductive age.

The country is implementing new tactics to stop ”chhaupadi,” a long-standing tradition that banishes women and girls to huts while they’re menstruating, the Guardian reports.  

Take Action: Urge Leaders to Step Up for Women’s Rights and Health

 

The country’s Supreme Court first criminalized the act in 2005, and in 2017, it became punishable with three months in prison and a 3,000 rupee fine. But many Nepalese families continue to take the risk out of fear that women who experience the bodily function are impure and bad luck. Just last week, 35-year-old mother Amba Bohara and her two sons were found dead in a menstrual hut in Western Nepal’s Bajura province — a reminder of the country’s ongoing issue. 

“It’s been a year and we are trying to make people aware about chhaupadi,” Janak Bhandari, ward president for Bhandari’s village in Achham district toldthe Guardian of the newly enforced fines.

The government is also cutting off state support services for anyone who is caught honoring the tradition. One Nepalese woman named Dilu Bhandari told the Guardian she was outraged to learn the news, but since destroying her menstrual hut can now safely stay in her home during her period.

Read More: A Nepalese Mother and Her 2 Children Suffocated in a 'Menstrual Hut'

Bhandari reported 20% fewer women are putting their lives at risk by sleeping in menstrual huts since the country tightened up its laws. 

But advocacy groups say progress is moving slower than authorities are letting on. Pasupati Kunwar, president of the women’s rights advocacy group Sama Bikash Nepal, told the Guardian chhaupadi has only declined among 60% of the country’s population, versus 95% when she first started campaigning against it 10 years ago. 

 

Last week, Parbati Bhuda died in Nepal while in a Chhaupadi hut, a practice meant to keep girls away from the community while on her period. She is one of more than a dozen girls who've lost their lives going through this menstrual exile.

 
 
 
 

“People who make policy and run programs — and even human rights advocates — often don’t fully understand the impact a woman’s monthly period may have on her ability to go about her life if she doesn’t have what she needs to manage it,” Amanda Klasing, senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, said on the obstacles facing menstrual hygiene.

Communities around the country are trying to find their own solutions. Ramaroshan, a rural municipality in Achham district, built a temple to create a safe space for worship that allows women and girls to stay home while menstruating. However, this fix doesn’t destigmatize menstruation and further perpetuates the cultural norms that stop women from participating in their society. Between 10% and 20% of girls around the world stay home from school because they lack the ability to manage their periods safely, according to the World Bank.

“This ill-practice has to end soon and we are working on this,” Kaushila Bhatta, a Dadeldhura district chairperson, told the Guardian.

 

 

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10 DE MAYO DE 2019

 

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NIÑAS Y MUJERES

Estos son los 10 países más feministas

En Suecia, el 46% de las personas se consideran feministas.

 

 

Por qué es importante para los Global Citizen
Lograr la igualdad de género es clave para ponerle fin a la pobreza extrema. Las feministas creen que los hombres y las mujeres deben ser política, económica y socialmente iguales. YouGov lanzó recientemente una encuesta que muestra los lugares del mundo donde la mayoría de las personas se identifican con el término. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí.

 

Las personas que viven en países que están más avanzados en sus logros de igualdad de género, no necesariamente se consideran feministas, según una nueva encuesta.

 

El Proyecto global de YouGov-Cambridge encuestó a 25,000 personas en 23 países, según informó The Guardian. Para evaluar las actitudes hacia el género, la igualdad de derechos y el movimiento #MeToo, los participantes respondieron preguntas sobre si se consideran feministas o no, y si consideran aceptable el acoso callejero.

 

Aquellos países en los que las personas se consideran feministas viven en Suecia, Francia, Italia, Gran Bretaña, Australia, Estados Unidos, Turquía, Dinamarca, México y Alemania.

 

En Suecia, el 46% de las personas que respondió a la encuesta se consideran feministas, con Francia detrás con casi el 30% y más del 25% en Italia y Gran Bretaña. Suecia se usa a menudo como un ejemplo de un país cercano al logro de la igualdad de género, debido a la igualdad en la atención de la salud pública, la educación, las oportunidades laborales y las generosas políticas de licencia parental. Además, Suecia ha cerrado prácticamente su brecha salarial entre hombres y mujeres (las mujeres obtienen el 88% del salario de los hombres).

 

En contraste, a pesar de estar clasificado como el mejor país para mujeres en 2016, la vecina Dinamarca se ubicó como una de las naciones menos feministas del mundo desarrollado. Según la encuesta, las mujeres danesas no tienen problema con el acoso callejero y el 35% desaprueba el movimiento #MeToo. Solo un tercio de las mujeres danesas dicen que el acoso callejero es aceptable, el número más alto de mujeres que en cualquier otro país después de Nigeria.

 

Antonia Kirkland, líder mundial en igualdad legal y acceso a la justicia en la organización Equality Now, le dijo a Global Citizen que estaba realmente sorprendida de ver a Dinamarca tan abajo en la lista.

 

"Teniendo en cuenta que Dinamarca es una de las seis economías del mundo, según datos del Banco Mundial, en que mujeres y hombres tienen los mismos derechos legales, tal vez no sea tan sorprendente después de todo", explicó Kirkland.

 

"Tal vez, hay una menor urgencia en Dinamarca por un movimiento feminista que en un lugar como Estados Unidos que carece incluso de una garantía básica de igualdad en su constitución y las feministas todavía tienen que movilizarse por una Enmienda de Igualdad de Derechos", dijo Kirkland.

 

Los daneses pueden tolerar el acoso sexual a niveles bajos pero creen que el comportamiento debe ser justificado, dijo a The Guardian Rikke Andreassen, profesor de estudios de comunicación en la Universidad de Roskilde. Andreassen realizó una investigación sobre el movimiento #MeToo y descubrió que los medios de comunicación daneses cubrieron el tema en los medios de comunicación en las secciones de cultura y opinión, con muy pocos hombres acusados.

 

Hay muchas otras razones por las cuales las personas que viven en países que están cerca de lograr plena igualdad de género todavía no pueden identificarse como feministas. La BBC publicó un informe sobre el tema en febrero por la Dra. Christina Scharff, profesora principal de cultura, medios de comunicación e industrias creativas en el King's College de Londres. Scharff descubrió que en Europa y en los Estados Unidos, donde recientemente se ha prestado mayor atención a los movimientos feministas, algunas mujeres no se sienten identificadas con el término "feminista".

 

Los estereotipos anticuados sobre el feminismo podrían ser uno de los motivos por los que muchas personas no se sienten identificadas con el término. La raza también juega un papel importante. Shcarff señaló que tres cuartas partes de todas las mujeres en una encuesta dijeron que el movimiento feminista ha hecho "mucho" para mejorar las vidas de las mujeres blancas, lo que podría impedir que las mujeres no blancas se identifiquen con el término. Es probable que el feminismo también atraiga a las mujeres de clase trabajadora, aunque las personas de bajos ingresos tienen la misma probabilidad de apoyar la igualdad de derechos.

 

Los 10 principales países donde las personas se identifican como feministas:

 

  1. Suecia
  2. Francia
  3. Italia
  4. Gran Bretaña
  5. Australia
  6. Estados Unidos
  7. Turquía
  8. Dinamarca
  9. Mexico
  10. Alemania

 

Los cinco principales países donde las personas desaprueban el Movimiento #MeToo:

 

  1. Dinamarca
  2. Suecia
  3. Francia
  4. Australia
  5. Alemania

 

Los 10 principales países donde la gente considera aceptable el acoso callejero:

 

  1. Dinamarca
  2. Alemania
  3. Gran Bretaña
  4. Australia
  5. Suecia
  6. Italia
  7. Estados Unidos
  8. Francia
  9. Mexico
  10. Turquía

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GIRLS AND WOMEN

Download these exclusive gender equality wallpapers!

12 March 2019 3:37PM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER

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Every day, women and girls experiencing extreme poverty face unique obstacles. And every day, they fight against them with determination. Right now, it will still take 108 years to achieve gender equality. This is unacceptable.

45 women activists from across the African continent contributed to a bold open letter. They’re telling world leaders that we need genuine progress, not grand promises.

You can take action by signing their open letter here.

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Dear World Leaders,

We are the women at the frontlines of the fight against gender inequality and global poverty.

Every day we see the determination and dignity of girls and women facing down the toughest challenges. We see real advances and the power of people to achieve change. We won’t surrender this fight, but we need you to play your part.

You promised to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030, but at the current rate of progress, this will take 108 years. This is unacceptable. We need genuine progress, not grand promises.

We want implementation and accountability at every level - from this year’s G7 Summit to the Global Fund Replenishment; from our African Union leaders to our community leaders. We will be looking for your actions not your words; for funding to follow promises; and policy to turn into practice. It’s both the right and the smart thing to do for everyone.

To accelerate progress men must demand change with us so that we rise united not divided. And women must have a seat at the decision-making table – because you can’t change what you don’t see.

We’re not looking for your sympathy, we’re demanding your action. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.

Yours,

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👏🏾👏🏾 Girls with at least six years of school education are more likely to be able to protect themselves from HIV & other illnesses.

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Thinking of our ambassador Kit Harington on what will be an end of an era for him tonight/tomorrow morning. 💭
We bend the knee to you sir. 👌
Crossed fingers for an appropriately honourable ending for the much loved Jon Snow. 
#GOT #GameOfThrones

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APRIL 26, 2018

 

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HEALTH

How a Woman on a Bike Is Helping Vaccinate Hundreds of Rural Kids in Himanchal

Geeta Verma got recognition from WHO for her heroic spirit!

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Geeta Verma rose to fame after a picture of her carrying MR vaccine box on a bike went viral.(Facebook)

For few people a motorcycle ride in the Himalayas would be a matter of leisure, for others another item on their bucket list, but for Geeta Verma it is a matter of life and death. Life of not one, two, but thousands of kids in rural Himanchal who do not have easy access to vaccines.

Braving all the obstacles put in front of her by the treacherous roads and uncertain circumstamces in the Seraj valley, Himanchal Pradesh, Geeta manages to carry the measles rubella MR vaccine box to the remotest corners of her assigned blocks.

Read MoreHow Frontline Health Workers Are Writing India's Immunization Success Story

Deployed at the Shakardehra health sub-centre in Jhanjeli block of Mandi, Geeta has been relentlessly working on making the immunization campaign for kids in the remotest areas of her assigned district a veritable success.

It is one motorcycle ride of Geeta that gives the children of shepherds and Gurjar community in remote villages like Raygarh, a life without miseries and measles.

Geeta's relentless efforts caught the eye of World Health Organisation and she was featured in the WHO calendar of 2018.

For Jai Ram Thakur, the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, it was a proud moment as a woman health worker from Himanchal Pradesh was featured in a WHO publication. Thakur also felicitated Geeta for her brilliant work in ensuring complete coverage in the remotest regions and making measles and rubella vaccines accesible to all.

Read MoreWhat the Eradication of Smallpox Taught Us About Vaccines

India, with the help of World Health Organisation, launched one of the world's largest vaccination campaigns against measles and rubella on February 5, 2017.  Both measles and rubella are a major threat to child health and claimed over 90000 lives in 2016 alone. The campaign aims to vaccinate more than 35 million children in the age group of 9 months to 15 years with the combined MR (measles and rubella) vaccine.

It is frontline health workers like Geeta who exemplify the undying spirit of selflessness and protect children from life-threatening health conditions like measles and rubella.

We salute the spirit of such brave saviours!

 

Global Citizen India and For Child Health support UN Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring healthy lives and well being of all people. Take action here with Global Citizen and For Child Health to make sure everyone can get the health services they need no matter who they are, where they live, or what their income

 

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CULTURE

5 podcast episodes every activist needs

April 30 2019 | By: SADOF ALEXANDER

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Chances are, you know someone who’s obsessed with podcasts. You might even be that person. Podcasts have exploded into popularity in recent years. In fact, there’s over 500,000 on Apple Podcasts alone!

Whether you’re a long-time listener, or looking for a place to start, we’ve got a great list of podcast episodes for you. What makes it so great? Each one of these episodes covers an important issue, so you can learn something new while you listen!

Sooo Many White Guys
Phoebe, Javier Muñoz, and Gayle Smith Fight the Good Fight!

In case it wasn’t clear, we love Phoebe Robinson. The best-selling author, podcast queen, and ONE and (RED) ambassador uses her influence to talk about important issues, always mixing in a few laughs.

She began her podcast Sooo Many White Guys as a way to push back against the predominance of white men in comedy. Her podcast often features guests who are women and/or people of color talking about race, feminism, and social issues.

Her most recent episode features none other than our own CEO, Gayle Smith, and actor Javier Munoz, who’s also a (RED) ambassador! They discuss how Gayle and Javier got to where they are today, and give some important insights into the HIV/AIDS crisis.

African Tech RoundUp
Wajenzi’s Alain Nkurukiye on Galvanising Diasporans to Back Economic Growth in Africa

African Tech RoundUp covers everything digital, technological, and innovative coming out of Africa. This organization, based in Johannesburg, produces podcasts, op-eds, media projects, and more. Their podcasts dive deep into the growing tech scene with guests who are working in the industry.

This episode features guest Alain Nkurukiye, the founder of tech startup Wajenzi. When he worked in the Netherlands, he wanted to give back to his home in Burundi. Now, his mission is to give the African diaspora a way to invest in entrepreneurs in their home nations.

Sincerely, Hueman
2018 Year End Special (Part 2)

Sincerely, Hueman tells stories about everyday people who are changing communities. Each episode features leaders that spark social good through local and global movements. They share a diverse array of stories, showing that everyone has the ability to create positive change for people worldwide.

The second part of their 2018 end-of-year special features Ashaba Faridah. Ashaba, one of the few female pilots in Uganda, is the founder of Bambino Life Foundation. Her organization encourages girls to get an education, creates awareness for children living with disability, and donates needed items to orphanages.

The Guilty Feminist 
Period Poverty with Gemma Cairney, Amika George, Grace Campbell

The Guilty Feminist is a comedy podcast that balances hilarious wit with smart discussion. Hosts Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen invite guests to go in-depth on all things feminism.

This episode is about period poverty. Their guests are activists who tackle period taboos and work to make sanitary products accessible. The discussion highlights the global issue of period poverty and how we can stop it. Of course, some tongue-in-cheek comedy about menstruation is also in the mix.

Pod Save the World 
The Worst Humanitarian Crisis since WWII

There’s tons of political podcasts out there, but few can break down big issues like Pod Save the World does. This foreign policy podcast makes global issues relatable and easy to understand. They also focus on how people can get involved.

This episode dives deep into the current refugee crisis, how it happened, and how it affects us all. The guest, David Miliband, highlights how the circumstances for displacement are often man-made. But, there is a silver lining – everyone, particularly young people, can help solve this crisis.

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27/05/2019

A new space for Music Generation in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown!

A new space for Music Generation in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown!

On 9 May 2019 Dún Laoghaire Rathdown (dlr) County Council launched a new space for Music Generation dlr in its County Hall headquarters. As Lead Partner of Music Generation dlr, dlr County Council launched the space as a way to encourage and further develop the programme.

An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Ossian Smyth officially launched the opening of the new space, along with Chief Executive of dlr County Council Philomena Poole, Music Generation National Director Rosaleen Molloy and Music Generation dlr Development Officer, Jennifer O’Connor Madsen.

The highlight of the launch event was a series of special guest performances by young musicians participating in the programme, including students from Ballyogan Childcare Centre, 3rd classes from Monkstown Educate Together N.S. and 3rd and 4th classes from St Joseph’s N.S. in Dún Laoghaire. The young musicians performed their version of songs such as Hakuna Matata and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on instruments that included the violin, cello, drums, tambourine and guitar. They were supported by their tutors who work with Music Generation dlr from Kilternan School of Music, Rockjam and The Cassidy School of Music.

 
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What a treat it was to hear some of the young people involved in the @MusicGendlr programme perform at the opening of the new Music Genetstion dlr space!

 
 
 
 

Speaking at the launch, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Ossian Smyth said: ‘As Cathaoirleach of Dún Loaghaire-Rathdown I am very proud of the fact that we have a Music Generation programme in our County. So far over 4,000 children in our County have accessed the programme through our MusicGeneration dlr Co-ordinator Dr. Jenny O'Connor-Madsen and the schools programme. It is inspiring to see so many young people being able to access musical instrumentals and lessons, providing them with a love for music and a skill set that will benefit them through their whole lives.’

The goal of Music Generation dlr is to develop a range of affordable and accessible performance music education programmes for children and young people aged 0 to 18 in their locality. This includes working in partnership with schools, libraries, community music groups and ensembles in the formation of choirs, ensembles, composition and songwriting projects, rock and pop initiatives and much more.

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An Cathaoirleach Ossian Smyth & Chief Executive Philomena Poole cut the ribbon on the new Music Generation dlr space with Dr. Jenny O'Connor-Madsen, @MusicGendlr Coordinator and Rosaleen Molloy of Music Generation National Director

 
 
 
 

Music Generation dlr is managed by dlr Music Education Partnership, led by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, TUSLA, Southside Partnership dlr, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Blackrock Education Centre, IADT, UCD and Crosscare. 

For further information about Music Generation dlr contact:

Dr Jennifer O'Connor-Madsen, Music Development Officer
T: 01 2047930
E: musicgen@dlrcoco.ie

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HEALTH

Meet the heroes fighting malaria and saving lives

25 April 2019 11:29AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES

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Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, with sub-Saharan Africa continuing to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 200 million cases of malaria a year — and most of these are preventable.

That’s why we’re highlighting the outstanding heroes working tirelessly to make malaria a disease of the past.

Role Model Caregivers

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Role Model Caregivers (RMC) are a small group of unpaid heroes working to end the spread of malaria. Across Niger state in Nigeria, RMCs watch over patients and monitor their usage of lifesaving mosquito nets and antimalarials.

Funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) has trained 500 RMCs across 25 districts in the state.

“The role of the Malaria Role Model Caregiver is to liaison treatment between clinics and the sick in communities,” says caregiver Haraja Sule. “Clinics retain our services and deploy us daily into homes.”

Sule adds, “Yes, there is no money in doing this, but many women and girls admire me and want to challenge malaria, too. My patients – my clients – are free to seek my help, even at 1 a.m. This is my prize and satisfaction.”

Hannatou Abdou

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Everyday heroes like Hannatou Abdou have taken the lead in the fight against malaria. In her community in Danja, Niger, Abdou has made it her life mission to help the families in the community.

Danja has a population of 6000 people. Abdou is one of 700 women from the local area who has received training to become a community health worker — this has contributed to the dramatic fall in the number of cases of malaria in Danja.

Abdou explains, “I give myself to the community and distribute medicine to prevent malaria so that together we can stop malaria from spreading in our villages and in our country.”

During the wet season, when malaria infection rates are highest, she meets families to dispense seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), which is a preventative medicine to protect young children from the disease.

SMC is easily administered by community health workers in remote areas, making it a sustainable solution in rural settings to control malaria.

“The child of one mother, is the child of every mother…This is what drives me in the war against malaria.”

Dr. Faith Osier

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Dr. Faith Osier is no stranger to taking on the challenges that millions around the world face.

From an early age, Osier was motivated to join the fight against malaria – a disease that has affected many in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. Today, Osier is at the forefront of the fight, leading the charge against malaria.

For the last 12 years in Kilifi, Kenya — Osier has worked to end the parasite that caused more than 10 percent of all Kilifi residents to fall ill in 2015.

Osier has partnered with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Wellcome Trust, and the Kilifi County Hospital to develop a malaria vaccine.

“We study people who are being exposed to malaria,” she says. “We look at their blood and their antibody responses and how they are responding. We know that antibodies are very important… and we believe that antibodies hold the key.”

 

Ruth Oppong and Adwoa Asantewa

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Ruth Oppong and Adwoa Asantewa are the dynamic duo volunteering their time to combat malaria in Ghana.

Together, they go out into communities explaining how indoor residual spraying (IRS) works. This is when long-lasting insecticides are sprayed on the inside of homes to deter mosquitoes — it has proved to be a remarkably effective method at tackling malaria in Ghana.

“We are committed to ending malaria in our community. That’s why we are doing this. If women are leading in the fight against malaria, we are bound to succeed,” says Asantewa.

The Global Fund

To make sure the Global Fund can continue its critical work, it will be hosting its Sixth Replenishment conference in October. They’re asking world leaders and private investors to come together and help save 16 million lives over the next 3 years by investing a minimum of US$14 billion.

This is the bold ambition the world needs to get us on track to stop the spread of diseases like malaria— and it’s why we’re calling on world leaders to #StepUpTheFight by fully financing the Global Fund.

Add your name now to tell world leaders they must back this bold initiative this year.

Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

Dear government and business leaders,
We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.

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'Music is magic. Music has the ability to stimulate the mind, body and soul of every person in a fashion that is unique to only itself and the listener.'

Congratulations to Emma Connolly on a wonderfully inspiring TED-EdTalk on the positive health benefits of music! Emma is a member of theMusic Generation Louth Senior Strings Orchestra.

 

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5 incredible female entrepreneurs you need to know
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GIRLS AND WOMEN

5 incredible female entrepreneurs you need to know

24 September 2018 11:50AM UTC | By: EMILY MILLER

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It’s not easy being a female entrepreneur anywhere in the world. But for women and girls living in countries where they’re denied the freedom to control their own finances it’s even harder to build a successful business.

We know how vital women’s economic empowerment is. When women and girls control their finances, it doesn’t only change their lives, it can change their communities, countries, and the world for the better. If gender gaps in work and society were narrowed, global GDP would increase by at least $12 trillion by 2025! How is that for amazing?

That’s why we’re taking the time to celebrate some of our favorite female entrepreneurs who are living the slogan “empowered women, empower women” and bringing gender gaps to a close:

1. Ellen Chilemba

At just 18, Ellen Chilemba founded Tiwale Community Based Organization — an organization empowering women and girls across Malawi with business and leadership skills. The Tiwale team has trained over 150 women and helped 40 start their own businesses! Ellen’s dedication to women’s economic empowerment hasn’t gone unnoticed. She’s been featured in Glamour, Forbes, and even “Humans of New York”.

2. Victoria Awine

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“I have worked in a cocoa plantation in Sefwi for as long as I can remember,” says Victoria Awine, a cocoa farmer in Ghana. This cocoa entrepreneur has owned and operated her own farm on 3 hectacres of land since 1980. But in 2014, Victoria enrolled in the Cargill Cocoa Promise — a program that provides female farmers access to training, financial services, and other key resources. Victoria’s crops have increased production threefold since her enrollment and the extra income is helping her support her four children!

3. Wilhelmina Myeonway Cooper

Wilhelmina Myeonway Cooper is an entrepreneur in Liberia’s fashion industry. (Courtesy of Myeonway Designs.)

Wilhelmina Myeonway Cooper is an entrepreneur in Liberia’s fashion industry. (Courtesy of Myeonway Designs.)

Wilhelmina is a Liberian fashion entrepreneur who did something few women in her community do — started her own pop-up shop. After launching Myeonway Designs, Wilhelmina realized she couldn’t afford a shop for customers to purchase her bags. So, she brought together other small business owners in the community to launch a space where they could all sell their products.

“I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by amazing women who are really impressive, who want the best for you, and the best for themselves and this country,” Wilhelmina says. Despite facing many challenges, she has grown her pop-up enterprise from 9 vendors to 50!

4. Reyna Araceli Reyes Sorto

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Reyna dreamed of being a doctor when she was a girl in Honduras, but lack of access to higher education kept her from achieving her dream – but she didn’t let that stop her. With help from Nourishing the Future, a partnership between CARE and Cargill, Reyna mastered entrepreneurial skills to build a new future for herself and her family. Now, she is selling corn to businesses in her community and even putting her new skills to work helping empower other women with the knowledge they need to thrive!

“I feel very motivated and satisfied with what I’ve learned. I’m training as a micro-entrepreneurial leader in issues such as women’s leadership, accounting, business ideas, and food security.”

5. Sylvie Isimbi and Freedah Nyirahakiziyaremye

“Internet is everything for us,” says Sylvie, the store manager of Turikumwe Art Center. Using social media, Sylvie is bring attention and attracting new customers to the shop’s handmade clothing. More than 70 single mothers are benefiting from Sylvie’s social media advertising, including Freedah. The skyrocketing sales have helped Freedah afford her children’s school fees and save money to build her own home!

If you believe female entrepreneurs can change the world, add your name to our Poverty Is Sexist open letter.

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