The Empower Women (EW) community is very engaged in and passionate about women's economic empowerment (WEE), and it's wonderful to be part of the daily discussions and interactions taking place on the platform. However, I realized that I know very little about the EW audience and the women and men that I share my passions and thoughts with, and thought it would be a good idea to start a thread where we can introduce ourselves and share why we're passionate about WEE. Here are five questions to get started: (1) Your name and where you're from; (2) What you do; (3) What brought you to the EW website/community; (4) Your motivation for WEE and/or why you're passionate about WEE; and (5) What your short/long-term goals are for yourself and/or your community when it comes to WEE. Feel free to add additional information if you'd like!
I am Kanchan Amatya from Nepal. I am a student of International Business and Development. I am here to explore various facets of women around the world through the Empower Women platform. And, I am truly inspired by all of your works!
My long term goal is to implement a discussion within the company about economic empowerment of women worldwide. Creating a model that can be exported to other companies such as focus group or grades for men and women based on how much they care about equality and women empowerment in their daily job.
Great way to learn more from each other.
I am Angela from France and Italy. I currently live in Budapest.
I work as a financial analyst at Schneider Electric. We launched a heforshe campaign within the company that brought me closer to the issues of men and women equality.
I also watched Emma Watson's speech at the United Nations which was very inspiring and very true. We need to consider and involve men as well as women in this fight to get equal rights and equal empowerment.
My goal on a short-term basis is to make my close relationship know about empower women. This is working quite well through the post sharing on Facebook.
Hi everyone, I'm Swati and I'm a development professional from India. While in college, I had a great discussions with my mom about society has evolved over time and how women's roles diminished from being equal or important to secondary. With this in my mind, I interned with various organizations and even wrote my thesis on an aspect of women empowerment - women spaces as the medium for empowerment. However, for the next 5 years, I was working in social sector but drifted away from this passion. So here I'm again, trying to reconnect, explore and connect with other like minded people.
I am part of an organisation where I'm working towards economic rehabilitation of one of the most ostracised sections of women - prison inmates. I would like to continue working for women empowerment at grassroots level through livelihoods promotion.
Hello Tazeen - Great idea!
Well, my name is Charlene, from (currently) a very grey London, England. I am an Entrepreneur with a passion for women's empowerment, closing the opportunity gap, scaling ideas to global impact and arts for social change. I was brought to the EW website about of my passion to positively impact the world by creating communities in which women and girls had the skills and resources to create the best possible life for themselves. I truly believe that helping women in this way is my life's purpose. Well, I have already started on the road to achieving one of my goal - as part of my rally for Empower Women Global Champion 2015 (how cool is that?) - By delivering a keynote speech and workshops to help inspire - educate and empower young girls in my local community. My goal is to have positively impacted 1000 young women in the UK by the end of Q1 2016. Approximately 300 girls down 700 to go!
Robert Michira Oichi, @oichimichira, from Kenya. I teach Information and Communication Technology In a private college called Institute of Advanced Technology. I love volunteering when am free especially online because it is convenient. I strongly support women's empowerment and looking forward to get more opportunities where I can empower women through ICTs. I like making friends from allover the world and I get to learn from each other.
Am Mary Achieng from Kenya, am a youth leader and a community worker, my line of work and daily dealings brought me to this powerful platform am motivated by the fact that we as women will determine where Africa goes in terms of development and I want to be part of this amazing change I would wish to be a leader in my community and lead a strong women movement in my country where women are the beneficiaries.
Am Mary Achieng from Kenya, am a youth leader and a community worker, my line of work and daily dealings brought me to this powerfull platform am motivated by the fact that we as women will determine where Africa goes interms of development and I want to be part of this amazing change I would wish to be a leader in my community and lead a strong women movement in my country where women are the beneficiaries.
My name is Renu Ghimire and I am a lawyer. I am quite passionate about the concepts of WEE and strongly believe that women's economic empowerment is a key to her dignified life.
My name is Kasha Davis and I am from the United States of America. I am following one of my dreams, writing a book. I am passionate about the Empowerment of Women. I believe when you Empower a Woman, you EMPOWERED us all. I enjoy being in the company of like-minded individuals.
I am coming to learn from others, and welcome the chance to transform my experience into something that will hopefully inspire others.
I am Stella Bakibinga from Uganda. I am currently based in Sweden where I both work and study. While in Uganda, I teach Journalism and Communication at two private universities. My sister introduced me to EW communities (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook....) because she knew I was passionate about gender issues. I personally believe that WEE is the key to accelerated human development and therefore everyone, regardless of gender should embrace it. For starters, I plan on incorporating WEE concepts into my teaching so that my students can be knowledgeable about them too. Hopefully, I will some day get to establish a resource center where women can have access to things like free internet, literature etc that can help get them empowered.
(1) My name is Tazeen Dhanani, and I'm from the U.S., near Washington, DC. My heritage is Pakistani. (2) I consider myself a health communications manager and gender equality advocate, focusing primarily on girls' and women's empowerment. I have an MPH and worked in the non-profit sector for several years, and decided to take a brief sabbatical this summer/fall to recharge my batteries before getting back into the non-profit field. (3) I gravitated towards the EW website when I was looking at jobs at UN Women and fortunately stumbled on the website. I love sharing ideas and information with like-minded individuals from around the world, and our passion to empower others and create a more egalitarian world for all is something that unites us. (4) I'm passionate about WEE because I have seen too many women in my life (primarily from my cultural background) being financially dependent on men who don't treat them the way they deserve to be treated, and this inequality removes the power from the woman and places it in the man's hands. That leads to a life where the woman is no longer in control of her own future, and her livelihood is placed in the hands of someone who controls all the cards. This, to me, is unacceptable and unfortunate, and I want to empower myself, use my voice to help and lift others up, and break the cycle of inequality. (5) I want to empower others to make a difference in their own lives. My goal is to one day work at UN Women, Amnesty International, or another international organization where I can inspire others and provide the resources to create positive change.