We share a world where our past says a lot about our present. We share a world where what we make of our present determines our future. We share a world where the limit to the possibilities of our future is determined by our every words and action. Together, we can show the world that we are more than what the past tells us we are,, more than what the present future may hold. We might have been labelled a lot of names, some we are proud to bear, yet , others, we refuse to accept or be associated with.
Our Identity, works, and life should not be sum up base on only our gender. We refuse to live in a world where our gender determines our access to things and places. We are proud of our heritage, thankful to all the people, both men and women who had come before us to get us to where we are.
We acknowledge the sacrifice, pain, adversity, obstacles, and troubles our forerunners experienced in other for us to walk the path we are in. We understand courage, commitment, audacity, and strength that gave them the strength to blast the trail each of us have found our own paths in progressing (strengthening).
Even though we are different in various aspects, our similarities far outweighs our differences. This bring us together and serves as a source off strength for us. We share a commonality, we are women.. We are not fighting for just ‘Women’s Right.” As the Nelson Mandela said, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”. (19180) This is what we are about, togetherness. Bridging the gap for all people. We believe we need each other, male and female, rich and poor, black and white, heterosexual and homosexual. We all have something to offer. As Winston Churchill once said, ” If we are together, nothing is impossible. If we are divided, all will fail.” Though we face adversity, our will to see it that everyone is included and treated equal.
Women are powerful and I cannot wait for the time when women will hold more powerful positions.
An event is coming up in June, for women and by women, it is the #SHESummit event that is put together annually by Claudia Chan (http://www.claudiachan.com/) whose hope is to ignite positive changes in Women.
Claudia Chan is not the only one working to level the plain field for women, another organization that is working tirelessly to transform the outcomes of women, especially women and girls in the continent of Africa is Black Girls Ignite Africa (http://www.blackgirlsigniteafrica.com/), a powerful household organization that is transforming the future of young girls and women. The founder and CEO, ABBY OSOBA called attention to the urgent need for Black Girls Ignite Africa and other organizations – public, private, nonprofit and for-profit – to cooperate and share their resources and expertise for the benefit of the African children, girls and women. (Source: http://www.blackgirlsigniteafrica.com) The organization, fondly called BGIA is also making great strides to make sure that our young girls and women are being attended to through the signature mentorship program, SISI-SHE IGNITES, SHE INSPIRES and this a feature event at the #SHE Summit taking place in New York City. Check out the event registration site, http://sheignitessheinspires-eorg.eventbrite.com/# to register and know more about the awesome line up speakers for this gathering.
There is a lot of hope for women to take on leadership and entrepreneurial roles in this world, gone are the days where women are forced to take backseat in decision-making, planning, execution, and leadership roles. Today, more than ever, the trend is growing for women to engage in what is going on around the world and a lot of women are rising up to take on the challenges they have identified in their communities, country, continent or the world at large.
In my next post, I will be talking about “B-HAGS” What really are “BHAGS?” and are there women out there making their “BHAGS” possible? In the next few weeks, I will be highlighting and sharing profiles of women who are bringing to pass their ‘BHAGS’. Stay tune for more insight into the process of making change happen wherever you find yourself.
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- Teaching Young Girls To Look Through The Lens of Real Women (projecteve.com)
- Claudia Chan: Giving New Meaning to How Women Can Climb Their Way to the Top (huffingtonpost.com)
- Saving women and girls (smh.com.au)
- Women Deliver: It’s Time! (globowebnews.net)
- “Africa making great strides toward many MDG targets yet serious challenges remain.” New report says (appablog.wordpress.com)
- Forbes Women’s Summit 2013: Some of the World’s Most Influential Women Share Insights and Lessons Learned (forbes.com)
- 25 Keynotes on the State of Africa – From Life-Saving Rodents to Farmer Microinsurance (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)