While doing errands the other day, I listened to a Ted Talk presented by Stefan Sagmeister, a NYC-based graphic designer and Co-Founder of Sagmeister and Walsh. The Ted Talk was titled ‘The Power of Time Off’.
What happens when you realise your path is entrepreneurship rather than employment? Lindsay takes up the challenge and shares an account of her journey as it unfolds…
So, one Friday afternoon, I got a call from a guy I happened to have been sitting next to on a flight to London a few weeks back. As we chatted, I discovered that he is the CEO of an agricultural business with projects in southern Europe and Africa, and I’d obviously told him about Mirror Mirror. He’d wanted a brochure, which I’d sent through afterwards.
Anyway, he was calling to say that his team in London were about to get some funding and embark on a growth phase. He wanted to set them up to succeed and thought Mirror Mirror would be a great way to do that.
Femsy admits that self-confidence remains an issue for her. She sometimes finds it tough to operate in a macho environment. Furthermore she feels she does not have a strong network. She agrees with boss to find a third party mentor.
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by River Ho
This week, most parts of the world celebrate the advancement of women through the International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. IWD’s 2017 theme, #BeBoldforChange, brings to mind how far women have come from the aughts when women were not considered serious players in the society. Indeed, so much have changed. But so much are yet to be done in empowering women, giving them the status they deserve as equal contributors to social progress and economic growth, rightfully compensating them for their efforts, and giving them a place in the boardroom.
In our quest for equity, we the women have the biggest role to play in making this change happen. Every moment, our mindsets, behaviors and words impact the way women are thought of and treated. So, in the spirit of being bold for women, I asked some of my bold friends, who hail from different backgrounds and who all have successfully overcome personal and professional obstacles, what they would do or continue doing to advance the interests of women in their own circles.
Here are what they have to say:
Commercial and Communications Officer, Embassy of Sweden
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
“I will continue encouraging women to make decisions for themselves, whether it’s for their career, love, family or future plans, as well as when participating in politics. I will continue telling them to do what’s good for them, and not what society and others expect them to do.”
PR Consultant, Belo Medical Group
“I encourage and support women in the workforce. In my PR practice, I’ve continuously advocated for gender parity across all levels in business and the society.”
Bograd Asia Data Science and Analytics Manager, Monsanto
“I represent/champion women in science, and encourage the same by being a mentor to newer/younger women in science. I am also a spokesperson and role model as I encourage more girls in school to choose careers in science and engineering.”
Dr. Humaira Islam
Consultant Sonologist, Anwar Khan Modern Medical College Hospital
“As a doctor, I do my best to give my women patients sound medical care and advice to keep them in good morals.”
Consultant, Asian Development Bank / Business Owner
“I encourage women to value themselves, to be ready to follow their dreams, and to think positively but wisely!”
Training and Quality Assurance Manager, Le Meridien Hotel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
“I am attending Meditation and Yoga classes for my physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing as a woman, and am encouraging all of my female friends to do the same.”
Assistant Manager – HR, Vasundhara Hospital and Fertility Research Center
“I strongly feel that every woman has her own hidden strength. “Know your strengths, Own your strengths”. Our hospital is a complete mother and child care centre, with almost 80% of employees being females from different backgrounds. We motivate them to express their best in life and work, and be able to identify and channel their unique strengths. As women, we value ourselves and step up to take the lead.”
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.
In celebration of the upcoming March 8th International Women’s Day, I would like to share and highlight women’s undeniable knack for embracing their strengths and weaknesses as women of today.
One is not quite sure if it’s down to women having two X chromosomes — is it because as women — we have 153 base pairs more than men (153 base pairs are the building material of a DNA and represents about 2,000 out of 20,000 – 25,000 genes), therefore we are genetically more equipped to handle more stress and be more resilient amidst life’s adversities? Continue reading
“Empowering women isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do… When women succeed, nations are more safe, more secure, and more prosperous.”— Barrack Obama
The world needs the talents of everyone – women, men, girls and boys – to truly reach its full potential.
Women have made enormous progress toward equality over the years around the world.
On International Women’s Day (March 8) we are celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We recognise the many achievements of women and celebrate their contributions to society.
The day provides an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to reflect on the barriers that remain.
We all know: full gender equality for women around the world has still not been realised. A gender pay gap persists across the globe and women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics. Figures show that globally, women’s education, health and violence towards women is still worse than that of men.
According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won’t close until 2186.
On International Women’s Day, women across the world come together to force the world to recognise these inequalities – while also celebrating the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.
Make sure to take a moment today to remind yourself that you’re an amazing strong woman.
We wish you a Happy International Women’s Day!
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