Q&A: 2016-2017 Prospective Global Champions for Change - Advocacy and Social Media Group

Dear Prospective Champions,

This is the e-discussion thread for Advocacy and Social Media Group. If you have a general question, please add it and discuss it in this forum. We would like to encourage support to and collaboration with other contestants. Only with working closely together, we can all win.  

May you have a fun and educative rally!

 

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  • Elvina Kamalova
    Hello, I have written an article about reducing a gender gap in entrepreneurship. Being born in Russia, and now living in the USA, I have a deep desire to change the current global statistics, and encourage more women to take the ownership of their careers and finances and build services and products which make a positive impact in the world. I believe that together we are strong. Please read my EmpowerWomen artticle below, It will be published in Huffington Post in December:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OoSdQYfQBWCFtSNFtMUmrpT4S0fkUlAQngIKoS2RyLc/edit?usp=sharing
  • Abiodun essiet
    It was nice interacting with great leaders across the world, let continue to break the glass. Thanks to the facilitators.
    #EmpowerWomenRally.
  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
    Today is the deadline,it has been great to be here. Learning from different people and cultures from all over the globe was incredible. Most importantly we were bond by the same mind,vision and goal. And that's all about women.
    Keep it up

    What do we do next, to keep the interaction on the move?

    #EmpowerWomenRally
    #BreakTheGlassRally
    #Champions4Change
  • Marion Rain
    We where empowered,we are empowered ,let's not stop empowering. You are all great champions, I am a new leave since we started championing,thanks so much and to the facilitators big up for the good work you are doing,it is not that easy bringing the world to fight a common problem. I will live to empower women and girls.

    #WEE
    #BREAKTHEGLASS
  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    The world is not destroyed by those who do evil,but by those who watch without doing anything.

    #WorldsAnti-CorruptionDay
    #EmpoweWomenRally
    #BreakTheGlassRally
  • Eri I
    In our country , all the agencies part of UN, have a message against domestic violence of women .

    Please refer to the official link :
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bkvrHJ0sIBA&feature=share

  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Today is really the start of another journey. It was nice to be here with you all throughout the campaign period.

    Fellow champions it was a pleasure learning with you and from you. You are incredible people,may the spirit never die,may you keep fighting for what you believe it is right,may that light never go off for the world surely needs you more. We are the champions,the force and the movement and of course the change makers. The change that the world need is with you and within you. Let's fight some more.

    For the facilitators you are all awesome. Congratulations for the job well done.
    I wish you all the best of luck.

    #WomenEmpowermentRally
    #Champions4Change
    #BreakTheGlassRally
  • Majesté Nkundimfura
    It was nice to be in this group,
    Many thanks to our falicitator Mrs Cecilia,
    I wish you all the best of luck, Don't forget to fight for your rights. Always Break the glass!

    #EmpwerWomenRally
    #WEE
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  • Isabelle de Laperouse
    Great article by Paul Feig director of Ghostbuster. His point of view of women after directing an all women cast. Must read, truly amazing male perspective. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ghostbusters-director-paul-feig-what-i-learned-being-a-woman-year-guest-column-952465
  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.

    As the deadline approaches, I wish you all best of luck.
    #EmpowerWomenRally
    #Champions4Change
    #WEE
  • Zuha Jamil
    Hi everyone, hope you have all enjoyed the rally period as much as I have. I have a quick question. Should we continue participating in the rally until the very end of the rally period, i.e. Dec 10, 2016 or will our submissions for the next two days no longer be counted since we are almost at the closing period and the selection committee may not have ample time to review those? Many thanks in advance for your response.
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      In my opion I think we should participate till the deadline,it is just one more day to go.
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  • Nancy Mbaya
    WOMEN CAN WE JOIN FORCES; MOBILISE RESOURCES AND WORK TOWARDS MAKING LIFE MEANINGFUL FOR THESE WOMEN DISPLACED BY THE BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY? THESE WOMEN ARE FACING THE DOUBLE TRAGEDY OF NOT ONLY LOSING THEIR LOVED ONES, BUT MOST OF THEM HAVE FACED ALL MANNER OF ABUSE FROM SEXUAL ABUSE, PSYCHOLOGICAL TO PHYSICAL. THEY HAVE BEEN FORCEFULLY MARRIED, RAPED, SOLD, FORCED INTO COMMITTING ATROCITIES BY THE BOKO HARAM SECT. AFTER THEIR RESCUE, THEIR COMMUNITIES LABEL THEM AS 'BOKO HARAM WIVES' AND THEIR CHILDREN AS' BAD BLOOD'. THEY BECOME OSTRACISED AND CANNOT SOCIALISE WITH THEIR FELLOW COMMUNITY. CAN THE UN WOMEN DO SOMETHGING ABOUT THIS AND URGENTLY SO. CAN WE WOMEN FORM GROUPS, NETWORK TOGETHER AND SEE HOW WE CAN MITIGATE THIS SUFFERING?
  • Nancy Mbaya
    BORNO STATE IS ONE OF THE 36 STATES IN NIGERIA, NORTH EAST NIGERIA. THIS IS THE STATE WHERE BOKO HARAM HAD A REGN OF TERROR FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS AND BELIEVE YOU ME, WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE THE WORST HIT. STATISTICS RELEASED SHOWS:

    THE UNITED NATION’S OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS (OCHA:  2016) ESTIMATES THAT MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED, COUNTLESS WOMEN AND GIRLS ABDUCTED AND CHILDREN DRAFTED AS SUICIDE BOMBERS, […] 2.5 MILLION PEOPLE FLED THEIR HOMES OUT OF WHICH 2.2 MILLION […] ARE INTERNALLY DISPLACED SINCE THE CONFLICT INTENSIFIED IN 2009. ACCORDING TO THE UN OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS (OCHA) 2015 REPORT, OUT OF AN ESTIMATED 2.5 MILLION INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPS) IN NIGERIA, 1.5 MILLION ARE MALNOURISHED LACTATING OR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE. SIMILARLY, IN ITS 2015 REPORT RELEASED IN APRIL, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ESTIMATES THAT THE INSURGENTS HAVE ABDUCTED OVER 2000 WOMEN AND GIRLS IN 2014 ALONE.

  • Nancy Mbaya
    HI MY FELLOW WOMEN CAN WE JUST SYMBOLICALLY JOIN HANDS ACROSS THE WORLD RIGHT NOW AND WORK TOWARDS #BREAKINGTHEGLASS#? WE'V GOT TO DO IT TOGETHER!!! NO WOMAN IS AN ISLAND!!! YES WE ARE ONE!! WE ARE UNITED!!! WE ARE MOVING!!! #BREAKINGTHEGLASS# IS OUR GOAL & #THISISWHATWEPALNTODO# YES LETS #BREAKTHEGLASS#
  • Nancy Mbaya
    FROM WHERE I COME FROM IE BORNO STATE, THE GIRL CHILD IS STILL FACED WITH A LOT OF CHALLENGES; LACK OF EDUCATION; EARLY MARRAIGES; STREET HAWKING; DISEASES AND GENDER STEREOTYPES FROM THE SOCIETY. THE FOLLOWING IS A TRUE STORY OF A GIRL CHILD WHOSE LIFE WAS....REAL NAMES WERE NOT USED TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF THE PARENTS AND THE HUSBAND.

    THE AGONY OF THE NIGERIAN GIRL CHILD

                           

    Aisha was born into a family of six made up of her parents, Mallam and Mallama Hayatudeen Badaru and four older brothers. She was the fifth child in a family whose parents are so poor that they had barely enough to feed their children.

     

    To them however, the birth of Aisha was a great source of joy.  It is their ticket to a breakthrough in life as they live in a society where a female child is seen as a source of great wealth. This is because, she would be given out in marriage to a rich suitor who can help alleviate their sufferings.

     

    Although Aisha’s parents lived in a time when western education is given utmost priority, they were satisfied that their four boys were attending public schools as such there was no need to send Aisha to school.  When Aisha was aged six, the father had already betrothed her to a middle aged man, Alhaji Maulud Musa in whose house he earns a living as a gateman.

     

    At the age of eleven, Aisha began to exhibit signs of maturity and her family quickly married her off to Alhaji Musa. With his eagerness for a “young blood” her husband who already has 3 wives consummated the marriage and Aisha became pregnant. Of course, Alhaji Musa who is rich took responsibility for the education of Aisha’s older brothers. Her parents were finally happy and contented that God Almighty has answered their prayers.

     

    Aisha was left in the hands of an old man fit to be her grandfather with no education, neither the knowledge on how to take care of herself.

     

    When the time of delivery came, Aisha was at first left in the hands of her fellow rivals and a local midwife to assist in the delivery. This was not new as all the other wives of Alhaji Musa had delivered at home. Unfortunately, Aisha’s labor took five days and it took the pleas of a nearby professional Nurse who overheard Aisha’s cries of pains before she was rushed to the local clinic. With her last strength, Aisha finally put to bed and was diagnosed with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) and Recto Vaginal Fistula (RVF)-incontinence of urine and feces due to the tears on her vagina and rectum.  Within a month of this condition, Alhaji Musa could not bear the stench and odor and so he sent Aisha back to her parents.

     

    This was a source of embarrassment and big disgrace to her parents who eventually hid her in a room. With no finances to take her to the hospital as Alhaji Musa have withdrawn his assistance to them, Aisha’s condition deteriorated rapidly.  Left with the shame, disgrace, frustration and depression associated with her condition, broken Aisha gave up the ghost by the time she turned 13. Her baby also died as there was no proper care from its sick mother.

     

    This is the sad end of Aisha, a girl child who due to circumstances beyond her control, ignorance or sheer wickedness died without realizing her potentials and dreams of becoming an educated woman, wife or mother who will give her best back to the society.

     

    This is a true life story of a girl child who has been deprived her right to education.

     

    Other under aged girls who have been exposed to hawking and subsequently abused. Some of them become street wise and go into prostitution with its consequences of contracting HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases or even criminals.

     

    What a life!!!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Nancy Mbaya
    I WAS JUST SITTING AND THINKING ABOUT THE EMPOWER WOMEN GLOBAL CHAMPION CAMPAIGNS AND LOOKING AT ALL THE EFFORTS AND RESOURCES PUT TOWARDS THIS CAMPAIGN, AND I CONCLUDED THAT THERE IS SO MUCH THAT CAN BE ACHEIVED IF WOMEN WILL JOIN HANDS WITH ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE UN WOMEN TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.
  • Eka Enang
    In the course of my research, i came across this write up by UN Women on the challenges the girl child faces and possible steps of action, and i said to myself, this is worthy of sharing.
    With this we can help eliminate all forms of discrimination on the girl child, eliminate exploitation of child labour, eradicate voilence against her, improve her status,protect her right and above all, make her a fulfilled WOMAN.
    #YesWeCan

    #WEE
    #Champions4Change
    #EmpowerWomenRally



    The United Nations
    Fourth World Conference on Women

    Beijing, China - September 1995
    Action for Equality, Development and Peace

    PLATFORM FOR ACTION The Girl-child Diagnosis Strategic objective L.1.

        Eliminate all forms of discrimination against the girl-child. Actions to be taken.

    Strategic objective L.2.
        Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls. Actions to be taken.

    Strategic objective L.3.
        Promote and protect the rights of the girl-child and increase awareness of her needs and potential. Actions to be taken.

    Strategic objective L.4.
        Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training. Actions to be taken

    Strategic objective L.5.
        Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition. Actions to be taken.

    Strategic objective L.6.
        Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work. Actions to be taken.

    Strategic objective L.7.
        Eradicate violence against the girl-child. Actions to be taken.

    Strategic objective L.8.
        Promote the girl-child's awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life. Actions to be taken.

    Strategic objective L.9.
        Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of the girl-child. Actions to be taken.

    Women and armed conflict follow-up (Under construction) Go back to Index  
     

    L. The Girl-child

      1. The Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes that "States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or status" (art. 2, para. 1). [11] However, in many countries available indicators show that the girl child is discriminated against from the earliest stages of life, through her childhood and into adulthood. In some areas of the world, men outnumber women by 5 in every 100. The reasons for the discrepancy include, among other things, harmful attitudes and practices, such as female genital mutilation, son preference - which results in female infanticide and prenatal sex selection - early marriage, including child marriage, violence against women, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, discrimination against girls in food allocation and other practices related to health and well-being. As a result, fewer girls than boys survive into adulthood.  
    • Girls are often treated as inferior and are socialized to put themselves last, thus undermining their self-esteem. Discrimination and neglect in childhood can initiate a lifelong downward spiral of deprivation and exclusion from the social mainstream. Initiatives should be taken to prepare girls to participate actively, effectively and equally with boys at all levels of social, economic, political and cultural leadership.  
    • Gender-biased educational processes, including curricula, educational materials and practices, teachers' attitudes and classroom interaction, reinforce existing gender inequalities.  
    • Girls and adolescents may receive a variety of conflicting and confusing messages on their gender roles from their parents, teachers, peers and the media. Women and men need to work together with children and youth to break down persistent gender stereotypes, taking into account the rights of the child and the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents as stated in paragraph 267 below.  
    • Although the number of educated children has grown in the past 20 years in some countries, boys have proportionately fared much better than girls. In 1990, 130 million children had no access to primary school; of these, 81 million were girls. This can be attributed to such factors as customary attitudes, child labour, early marriages, lack of funds and lack of adequate schooling facilities, teenage pregnancies and gender inequalities in society at large as well as in the family as defined in paragraph 29 above. In some countries the shortage of women teachers can inhibit the enrolment of girls. In many cases, girls start to undertake heavy domestic chores at a very early age and are expected to manage both educational and domestic responsibilities, often resulting in poor scholastic performance and an early drop-out from schooling.  
    • The percentage of girls enrolled in secondary school remains significantly low in many countries. Girls are often not encouraged or given the opportunity to pursue scientific and technological training and education, which limits the knowledge they require for their daily lives and their employment opportunities.  
    • Girls are less encouraged than boys to participate in and learn about the social, economic and political functioning of society, with the result that they are not offered the same opportunities as boys to take part in decision-making processes.  
    • Existing discrimination against the girl child in her access to nutrition and physical and mental health services endangers her current and future health. An estimated 450 million adult women in developing countries are stunted as a result of childhood protein-energy malnutrition.  
      1. The International Conference on Population and Development recognized, in paragraph 7.3 of the Programme of Action, [14] that "full attention should be given to the promotion of mutually respectful and equitable gender relations and particularly to meeting the educational and service needs of adolescents to enable them to deal in a positive and responsible way with their sexuality", taking into account the rights of the child to access to information, privacy, confidentiality, respect and informed consent, as well as the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents and legal guardians to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of the rights recognized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in conformity with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. In all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration. Support should be given to integral sexual education for young people with parental support and guidance that stresses the responsibility of males for their own sexuality and fertility and that help them exercise their responsibilities.  
    • More than 15 million girls aged 15 to 19 give birth each year. Motherhood at a very young age entails complications during pregnancy and delivery and a risk of maternal death that is much greater than average. The children of young mothers have higher levels of morbidity and mortality. Early child-bearing continues to be an impediment to improvements in the educational, economic and social status of women in all parts of the world. Overall, early marriage and early motherhood can severely curtail educational and employment opportunities and are likely to have a long-term adverse impact on their and their children's quality of life.  
    • Sexual violence and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, have a devastating effect on children's health, and girls are more vulnerable than boys to the consequences of unprotected and premature sexual relations. Girls often face pressures to engage in sexual activity. Due to such factors as their youth, social pressures, lack of protective laws, or failure to enforce laws, girls are more vulnerable to all kinds of violence, particularly sexual violence, including rape, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, trafficking, possibly the sale of their organs and tissues, and forced labour.  
      1. The girl child with disabilities faces additional barriers and needs to be ensured non-discrimination and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. [30]  
    • Some children are particularly vulnerable, especially the abandoned, homeless and displaced, street children, children in areas in conflict, and children who are discriminated against because they belong to an ethnic or racial minority group.  
    • All barriers must therefore be eliminated to enable girls without exception to develop their full potential and skills through equal access to education and training, nutrition, physical and mental health care and related information.  
    • In addressing issues concerning children and youth, Governments should promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes so that before decisions are taken, an analysis is made of the effects on girls and boys, respectively.  
    Go back to the top of the page   Strategic objective L.1.
    Eliminate all forms of discrimination against the girl child Actions to be taken
    1. By Governments:  
    2. By States that have not signed or ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, take urgent measures towards signing and ratifying the Convention, bearing in mind the strong exhortation made at the World Conference on Human Rights to sign it before the end of 1995, and by States that have signed and ratified the Convention, ensure its full implementation through the adoption of all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures and by fostering an enabling environment that encourages full respect for the rights of children;  
      1. Consistent with article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, [11] take measures to ensure that a child is registered immediately after birth and has the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and, as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents;  
      2. Take steps to ensure that children receive appropriate financial support from their parents, by, among other measures, enforcing child-support laws;  
      3. Eliminate the injustice and obstacles in relation to inheritance faced by the girl child so that all children may enjoy their rights without discrimination, by, inter alia, enacting, as appropriate, and enforcing legislation that guarantees equal right to succession and ensures equal right to inherit, regardless of the sex of the child;  
      4. Enact and strictly enforce laws to ensure that marriage is only entered into with the free and full consent of the intending spouses; in addition, enact and strictly enforce laws concerning the minimum legal age of consent and the minimum age for marriage and raise the minimum age for marriage where necessary;  
      5. Develop and implement comprehensive policies, plans of action and programmes for the survival, protection, development and advancement of the girl child to promote and protect the full enjoyment of her human rights and to ensure equal opportunities for girls; these plans should form an integral part of the total development process;  
      6. Ensure the disaggregation by sex and age of all data related to children in the health, education and other sectors in order to include a gender perspective in planning, implementation and monitoring of such programmes.
     
    1. By Governments and international and non-governmental organizations:  
      1. Disaggregate information and data on children by sex and age, undertake research on the situation of girls and integrate, as appropriate, the results in the formulation of policies, programmes and decision-making for the advancement of the girl child;  
      2. Generate social support for the enforcement of laws on the minimum legal age for marriage, in particular by providing educational opportunities for girls.
    Go back to the top of the page Strategic objective L.2.
    Eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls Actions to be taken
    • By Governments:  
      1. Encourage and support, as appropriate, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations in their efforts to promote changes in negative attitudes and practices towards girls;  
      2. Set up educational programmes and develop teaching materials and textbooks that will sensitize and inform adults about the harmful effects of certain traditional or customary practices on girl children;  
      3. Develop and adopt curricula, teaching materials and textbooks to improve the self-image, lives and work opportunities of girls, particularly in areas where women have traditionally been underrepresented, such as mathematics, science and technology;  
      4. Take steps so that tradition and religion and their expressions are not a basis for discrimination against girls.
     
    1. By Governments and, as appropriate, international and non-governmental organizations:  
      1. Promote an educational setting that eliminates all barriers that impede the schooling of married and/or pregnant girls and young mothers, including, as appropriate, affordable and physically accessible child-care facilities and parental education to encourage those who have responsibilities for the care of their children and siblings during their school years to return to, or continue with, and complete schooling;  
      2. Encourage educational institutions and the media to adopt and project balanced and non-stereotyped images of girls and boys, and work to eliminate child pornography and degrading and violent portrayals of the girl child;  
      3. Eliminate all forms of discrimination against the girl child and the root causes of son preference, which result in harmful and unethical practices such as prenatal sex selection and female infanticide; this is often compounded by the increasing use of technologies to determine foetal sex, resulting in abortion of female foetuses;  
      4. Develop policies and programmes, giving priority to formal and informal education programmes that support girls and enable them to acquire knowledge, develop self-esteem and take responsibility for their own lives; and place special focus on programmes to educate women and men, especially parents, on the importance of girls' physical and mental health and well-being, including the elimination of discrimination against girls in food allocation, early marriage, violence against girls, female genital mutilation, child prostitution, sexual abuse, rape and incest.
    Go back to the top of the page Strategic objective L.3.
    Promote and protect the rights of the girl child and increase awareness of her needs and potential Actions to be taken
    • By Governments and international and non-governmental organizations:  
      1. Generate awareness of the disadvantaged situation of girls among policy makers, planners, administrators and implementors at all levels, as well as within households and communities;  
      2. Make the girl child, particularly the girl child in difficult circumstances, aware of her own potential, educate her about the rights guaranteed to her under all international human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, legislation enacted for her and the various measures undertaken by both governmental and non-governmental organizations working to improve her status;  
      3. Educate women, men, girls and boys to promote girls' status and encourage them to work towards mutual respect and equal partnership between girls and boys;  
      4. Facilitate the equal provision of appropriate services and devices to girls with disabilities and provide their families with related support services, as appropriate.
    Go back to the top of the page Strategic objective L.4.
    Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training Actions to be taken
    1. By Governments:  
      1. Ensure universal and equal access to and completion of primary education by all children and eliminate the existing gap between girls and boys, as stipulated in article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; [11] similarly, ensure equal access to secondary education by the year 2005 and equal access to higher education, including vocational and technical education, for all girls and boys, including the disadvantaged and gifted;  
      2. Take steps to integrate functional literacy and numeracy programmes, particularly for out-of-school girls in development programmes;  
      3. Promote human rights education in educational programmes and include in human rights education the fact that the human rights of women and the girl child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights;  
      4. Increase enrolment and improve retention rates of girls by allocating appropriate budgetary resources and by enlisting the support of the community and parents through campaigns and flexible school schedules, incentives, scholarships, access programmes for out-of-school girls and other measures;  
      5. Develop training programmes and materials for teachers and educators, raising awareness about their own role in the educational process, with a view to providing them with effective strategies for gender-sensitive teaching;  
      6. Take actions to ensure that female teachers and professors have the same possibilities and status as male teachers and professors.
     
    1. By Governments and international and non-governmental organizations:  
      1. Provide education and skills training to increase girls' opportunities for employment and access to decision-making processes;  
      2. Provide education to increase girls' knowledge and skills related to the functioning of economic, financial and political systems;  
      3. Ensure access to appropriate education and skills-training for girl children with disabilities for their full participation in life;  
      4. Promote the full and equal participation of girls in extracurricular activities, such as sports, drama and cultural activities.
    Go back to the top of the page Strategic objective L.5.
    Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition Actions to be taken
    1. By Governments and international and non-governmental organizations:  
    2. Provide public information on the removal of discriminatory practices against girls in food allocation, nutrition and access to health services;  
    3. Sensitize the girl child, parents, teachers and society concerning good general health and nutrition and raise awareness of the health dangers and other problems connected with early pregnancies;  
    4. Strengthen and reorient health education and health services, particularly primary health care programmes, including sexual and reproductive health, and design quality health programmes that meet the physical and mental needs of girls and that attend to the needs of young, expectant and nursing mothers;  
    5. Establish peer education and outreach programmes with a view to strengthening individual and collective action to reduce the vulnerability of girls to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, as agreed to in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and as established in the report of that Conference, recognizing the parental roles referred to in paragraph 267 of the present Platform for Action;  
    6. Ensure education and dissemination of information to girls, especially adolescent girls, regarding the physiology of reproduction, reproductive and sexual health, as agreed to in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and as established in the report of that Conference, responsible family planning practice, family life, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection and AIDS prevention, recognizing the parental roles referred to in paragraph 267;  
    7. Include health and nutritional training as an integral part of literacy programmes and school curricula starting at the primary level for the benefit of the girl child;  
    8. Emphasize the role and responsibility of adolescents in sexual and reproductive health and behaviour through the provision of appropriate services and counselling, as discussed in paragraph 267;  
    9. Develop information and training programmes for health planners and implementors on the special health needs of the girl child;  
      1. Take all the appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children, as stipulated in article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. [11]
    Go back to the top of the page Strategic objective L.6.
    Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work Actions to be taken
    1. By Governments:  
      1. In conformity with article 32 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, [11] protect children from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development;  
      2. Define a minimum age for a child's admission to employment in national legislation, in conformity with existing international labour standards and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, including girls in all sectors of activity;  
      3. Protect young girls at work, inter alia, through:
        1. A minimum age or ages for admission to employment;
        2. Strict monitoring of work conditions (respect for work time, prohibition of work by children not provided for by national legislation, and monitoring of hygiene and health conditions at work);
        3. Application of social security coverage;
        4. Establishment of continuous training and education;
      4. Strengthen, where necessary, legislation governing the work of children and provide for appropriate penalties or other sanctions to ensure effective enforcement of the legislation;  
      5. Use existing international labour standards, including, as appropriate, ILO standards for the protection of working children, to guide the formulation of national labour legislation and policies.
    Go back to the top of the page Strategic objective L.7.
    Eradicate violence against the girl child Actions to be taken
    • By Governments and, as appropriate, international and non-governmental organizations:  
      1. Take effective actions and measures to enact and enforce legislation to protect the safety and security of girls from all forms of violence at work, including training programmes and support programmes, and take measures to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment of girls in educational and other institutions;  
      2. Take appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the girl child, in the household and in society, from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse;  
      3. Undertake gender sensitization training for those involved in healing and rehabilitation and other assistance programmes for girls who are victims of violence and promote programmes of information, support and training for such girls;  
      4. Enact and enforce legislation protecting girls from all forms of violence, including female infanticide and prenatal sex selection, genital mutilation, incest, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, child prostitution and child pornography, and develop age-appropriate safe and confidential programmes and medical, social and psychological support services to assist girls who are subjected to violence.
    Go back to the top of the page Strategic objective L.8.
    Promote the girl child's awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life Actions to be taken
    • By Governments and international and non-governmental organizations:  
      1. Provide access for girls to training, information and the media on social, cultural, economic and political issues and enable them to articulate their views;  
      2. Support non-governmental organizations, in particular youth non-governmental organizations, in their efforts to promote the equality and participation of girls in society.
    Go back to the top of the page Strategic objective L.9.
    Strengthen the role of the family* in improving the status of the girl child Actions to be taken By Governments, in cooperation with non-governmental organizations:  
    1. Formulate policies and programmes to help the family, as defined in paragraph 29 above, in its supporting, educating and nurturing roles, with particular emphasis on the elimination of intra-family discrimination against the girl child;  
    2. Provide an environment conducive to the strengthening of the family, as defined in paragraph 29 above, with a view to providing supportive and preventive measures which protect, respect and promote the potential of the girl child;  
    3. Educate and encourage parents and caregivers to treat girls and boys equally and to ensure shared responsibilities between girls and boys in the family, as defined in paragraph 29 above.
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  • Eka Enang

    We are strong, and together we can make a difference in our society. #Motivation is all we need to get there because greatness (#AHero) lies in everyone. Let us all rise for the cause as women have #BrokenTheGlassCeiling and are making waves in their respective discipline.

    Kudos to the Women.

    #EmpowerWomen
    #BreakTheGlass



     

    Empowering The Girl Child To Become A Woman; Breaking The Glass Ceiling

    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2016
    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2016
    An Article Written by Joy Iwezu. When I think about the girl child, I think about me. The Girl Child is a powerful being that possesses unique traits and characteristics that makes her not only a woman but a force to be reckoned with in a world where strength and virtue is on a constant decline. There is more to the Girl Child that meets the eye; she is more than a wife, a mother, a sister; she is the channel through which the balance of human existence is built upon. She is a life giver and the sole connection between the idea of life and life itself.
     
    With all of these in mind, one will expect that the Girl Child will be the most respected and accomplished being across nations taking giant strides in the different sectors available within her immediate environment and beyond but this is not the case in our present day society. Today, the Girl Child is marginalized; she is abused, relegated, shoved aside and given second place where first can be attained. Her gender has become the unacceptable standard with which her accomplishments are weighed. This is the GLASS CEILING that must be pulled down; it is the veil that separates the Girl Child from becoming all that she can be. There is an innate greatness in every Girl Child, it is like the light described in the bible that can only shine when displayed rather than hidden and it is a light of greatness that should be encouraged from infancy to adulthood. In a bid to celebrate the Girl Child, the United Nations marks an observance day known all around the world as, The International Day of the Girl Child on the 11th of October every year, the first of which was celebrated in the year 2012. This observance day, advocates more opportunities for girls, increased awareness on gender inequality, right to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care and all round protection for the Girl Child. For the celebration each year, the day of the Girl has a theme that reflects the urgency in getting the Girl Child to her pride of place. In 2015, the theme was “the power of adolescent Girl; Vision for 2030”. The efforts by the UN in raising awareness all over the world, is quite laudable as, people are becoming more aware of the need to empower the Girl Child yet, the Glass ceiling remains. How can this board of restriction hovering over her be removed for good? A major path towards girl child recovery today lies in our established mothers, women, sisters and aunts alike. As today marks International Women’s Day 2016, it is sad and totally unacceptable that women still pull women down in a cycle where everything is benign at them. It mocks the question of what women really want for themselves of they cannot support and lift themselves from the glass ceiling placed on them. Domestic violence, forced marriages, rape incidences, child trafficking, kidnappings, the baby mama syndrome, prostitution and other immoral sorts are souring at alarming rates and it is time women stand for women and be their sister’s keepers against these vices. We must look beyond the flummoxed objectivism the world has placed on us and partner to rise continuously out of the murky waters. Some of the ways we must act include –
    “EDUCATION IS THE GREATEST EMPOWERMENT” What better way to empower the Girl Child than through the greatest tool of all time; An Education. The importance in gaining an education as a female in a world that has been strongly dubbed “a man’s world” cannot be overemphasized. Educate a girl child and a whole nation receives the benefit that comes with it. When talking about an education, it goes beyond the boundaries of cognitive knowledge and the four walls of an educational institution. I believe education is an unending process of learning where the mind is constantly stimulated to produce ideas that will ultimately affect the course of one’s life and society in a positive way. In most countries in Africa, the Girl Child doesn’t have complete access to the cognitive part of education. This is as a result of certain factors that has bedeviled the African continent for decades. The cognitive is just the foundation for the stimulation of the mind and if this isn’t accessible then how can the Girl Child begin to think? How can a strong woman emerge? How can she use her imagination to solve problems within her sphere of contact? How can she make notable innovations that will affect the course of history? These are questions that need answers. I was born into a family of six with four children (all girls) and all through my life, my parents made sacrificial efforts to give my sisters and I an education at least to the best of their ability. This move of theirs, has become the bedrock on which my motivation to succeed as a woman lies. Every Girl Child should have a motivating factor that can make her dream, imagine and become a success story. Thus, armed with the cognitive skills and motivation, she can shatter the glass ceiling that society and circumstances has placed before her. “INTELLIGENCE + CHARACTER. THAT IS THE GOAL OF TRUE EDUCATION” Martin Luther King Jr.
    Societal ideology and self-motivation are two factors to consider in breaking the Glass Ceiling. There is an erroneous assertion in some societies that the most notable achievement/accomplishment a woman can get to is marriage. In our country Nigeria for instance, a woman is deemed not have “arrived” in the comity of women if she hasn’t “put a ring on it”. This has become a sold out lie that has affected the output of some women and driven young girls into early marriages without requisite understanding of tenets and principles. I quite agree that marriage is of utmost importance and every girl should aspire to start up a family of her own someday. However, this shouldn’t be the basis on which her success should be measured. A woman must be seen for her independence, managerial skill, astuteness, intellectual diversity, integrity and an exuding calm charm. When a Girl Child has been raised her whole life to believe that all she can amount to in life is a wife/mother then she no longer gets motivated. This curse, especially on the African continent must be revoked and given to extinction. Thus, there is a need for a complete change in what we tell our daughters. We must get them to believe in the power of their dreams and the possibility it holds by helping them remove the ‘t’ in can’t. The sheer determination and power of a strong girl / woman in our world is a force even men attest to. How about when we come together with that same power to form a bond? The benefits will be immeasurable. From My Darling Mother to Genevieve Nnaji, from Wangari Maathai to Malala Yousafzai, from Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde to Ese Oruru, From WAJE the songstress to the many upcoming girls finding their path to womanhood, motivation must be our lot. The women above have carved a niche and built solid rocks for themselves without being culturally inept. We are strong and can rule the world positively if we can come together. It is why it is pertinent that a lot needs to be done in the empowerment of the Girl Child. The ground breaking achievements in the world today of the above few points towards that a strong girl conquers. The Girl Child must look to these women as role models, follow the trail of excellence they have left behind, study their accomplishments and begin her own pursuit for greatness. Our women we celebrate today must begin to teach us, inspire and as well give us a level footing for our aspirations. The Glass Ceiling can be broken. The limitations can be dissolved and greater things can be accomplished by the Girl Child even in the face of opposing factors. The Girl Child is a special being created by the almighty to give the world the balance it needs. I strongly believe that with an education (in mind and in school), with societal support of her dreams and a renewal of her imagination, she can become all that she was created to be and more.

     

  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Let's all buckle up,and know that it is going to be a tremendous amount of work,and the good thing is we all embrace it.
    #BreakTheGlassRally
    #EmpowerWomenRally
    #Champions4Change
  • Marion Rain
    Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women ,who have her back.

    #WEE
    • Eka Enang
      Yes Marion, you are quite correct. That is the essence of Empower Women Rally.
      #EmpowerWomenRally
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  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    When we do the best we can,we never know what miracle it wrought in our life or in the life of another.
    #EmpowerWomenRally
    #BreakTheGlassRally
    #Champions4Change
  • Nancy Mbaya
    THEY ARE REFERRED TO AS THE POPULAR MANDAWA WOMEN OF YERWA (MAIDUGURI) BORNO STATE CAPITAL. COME RAIN, COME SHINE, THESE WOMEN ARE OUT THERE SELLING THEIR WARES. THEY REMAIN UNDUANTED IN THE HEIGHT OF THE BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY. WHY IS THIS???? BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES FROM THE PROCEEDS OF THESE PRODUCTS. AND SO THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO REMAIN AT HOME. THEY HAVE #BROKENTHEGLASS#. MY HEROINNES!!! I DOFF MY CAP FOR YOU!!!
  • Nancy Mbaya
    THESE WOMEN ARE FROM BORNO STATE, NORTH EAST NIGERIA. DESPITE THEIR OLD AGE, THEY REFUSE TO BEG, THEY ARE RATHER ENGAGED IN SMALL TRADES TO CATER FOR THEMSELVES AND FAMILIES. SOME OF THESE WOMEN HAVE USED PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THESE PRODUCTS (KUKA- BOABAB LEAVES AND LALLE- HENNA LEAVES) TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES AND EVEN SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL. THEY HAVE INDEED #BROKENTHEGLASSCEILING# THEY ARE MY HEROINES!!! THEY ARE MY ROLE MODELS!!!
  • Marion Rain
    There is no tool for development more effective than EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN.
  • Ana Barreto
    Dear collegues of Global Champions for Change,

    I would like to share with you the first video developed by me to support the EmpoweWomen Initiative. We asked women around the world why economic empowerment is important and what kind of activities and programs should be develop on their community. The first video is focus on Brazilian women and you can watch on the link below. The other videos will have a global perspective of women from Colombia, Palestine, Afganistan and many other countries. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my2l49ozndk 

    Please support this work watching, sharing on social media and telling your thoughts.

    Warm Regarsds,
    Ana 
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  • Eri I
    Accorfing to  BBC news : 

    Singapore has the highest achieving students in international education rankings, with its teenagers coming top in tests in maths, reading and science.

    The UK remains a middle-ranking performer - behind countries such as Japan, Estonia, Finland and Vietnam.

    OECD education director A.Schleicher said : Singapore was "not only doing well, but getting further ahead".
  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    It took me a long time to develop a voice and now that I have it,I am not going to be silent.
    #EmpowerWomenRally
    #BreakTheGlassRally
    #Champions4Change
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  • Eri I
    If women know how to successed in life,
    then  they also will know how to show the path as a framework for upcoming girl's generation.
  • Ana Barreto
    Dear Empower Women Team,

    As an activity for the #EmpowerWomenRally I started a campaign with my friends around the globe asking for their contributions and perspectives related to the importance of the economic empowerment of women in their communities. I am finishing editing the video and it will be ready later today. I apologize for the delay in delivering my contribution to the rally, I am having very busy days at work. I truly hope you can consider all the effort I am doing to empower women, specially the most vulnerable.

    Warm Regards,
    Ana 
  • Marion Rain
    Champions, all the best...
    • Eka Enang
      That is the spirit @ Esomchi, this platform has really spured us to buckle up in our various endeavours, creating positivity all the way.
    • Esomchi Agalamanyi

      Picked or Not, the journey has been a great learning process for me. The aim I believe is to make us all better individuals and spare a thought in any way we can to empower women, to empower the girl child! Goodluck to us all

    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
       Best of luck Marion. Thank you.
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  • It's a double standard with which women are still faced with on a daily basis; the expectation, and in some cases, contractual requirement that women must wear makeup to work.

     

    This expectation perpetuates society's tendency to value women based on their level of attractiveness and focus on how they dress and look over what they do and achieve.

     

    Indeed, being expected or required to wear makeup has many disadvantages including;

    • Financial cost of purchasing the products

    • Health cost of the applying chemicals in the products to your skin

    • Time cost in application and removal time

     

    These are disadvantages that men are not faced with and it further perpetuates inequality in the workplace.

     

    At one point in my career, I explained to my boss that for medical reasons I wouldn’t be able to wear makeup to work for the next 6 weeks and I wanted him to know I wasn’t being unprofessional or taking my job less seriously.

    He paused, and then he replied:

    “I’m so sorry that we live in a society where you feel you need to justify that to me. I’ve never, ever worn makeup to work and I’ve never felt I had to justify that to you.”

    After that, I rarely wore makeup again, except on days when I wanted to, for me, not anyone else.

     
    Women and men all need to raise our voices together and call out double standards such as the double standard for makeup in the workplace in order to achieve gender equality.

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  • Ruth Avor
    Am empowered woman can better advocate for her own health needs and that of her children than a woman who is not empowered. And this this is why I strongly believe that for Africa to reduce its maternal and Child mortality rate, more women must be empowered economically and provided with basic education. No woman.should die whilst bringing life into the world!!!
    • Ana Barreto
      Thank you for sharing it. This is so important.
      From a Latin American perspective, I believe it is important to recognize and advocate for desagregated data (race, class, level of education, access to health services) in all programs and projects to highlight the multiple inequalities women face during their life. It is crucial to talk this and design programs focus on it. 
    • Absolutely true words. It is the only way forward!
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  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It is about changing the way the world percieves that strength.
    #BreakTheGlassRally
    #Champions4Change
    #EmpowerWomenRally
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  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    A feminist is anyone who recognizes equality and full humanity of women and men.
    #BreakTheGlassRally
    #EmpowerWomenRally
    #Champions4Change
  • Eri I


    Happy International Volunteer's Day ! 😊


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  • Ruth Avor
    Women deserve the best as women 
  • Ruth Avor
    I some times wonder why some countries cannot see that maternal and Child mortality must become a thing of the past!. Women are still dying from needless causes of maternal death.  We need a change in the care women receive. It can get better .
    • Nancy Mbaya
      VERY TRUE MAJESTE, THIS IS VERY WORRISOME ESPECIALLY IN SUB SAHARAN AFRICA WHERE THE MATERNAL RATE IS VERY HIGH. OUR GOVERNMENTS AND OTHER NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS MUST JOIN HANDS TO MAKE SUTE THAT THE THIS MORTALITY RATE AMONG WOMEN AND INFANTS MUST BE  ATHING OF THE PAST
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  • Yasmine Ishtay
    As the whole globe has been severely thretened by climate change, climate change education has become a more central and visible part of the international response to this challenge. As it has been concluded in the UNFCCC that women are more vulnerable than men to this phenomena, how can women effectively participate to mitigate the impact of Climate Change?
    • Pehaps the best way is through education for themselves on enviromentally friendly practices and passing this education onto their own children. 
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  • Abiodun essiet
    Adult education is key in women empowerment, it enables women to challenge the status quo and fight for their rights. #EmpowerWomenRally. #WEE 
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  • Eka Enang
    I am having issues posting my video on #BreakTheGlass, what can i do, as today is the last day for submission of entries?
    • patricia omo sukore
      You could record your video on YouTube, then post afterwards.  Better still, you should go to adobe spark on the internet, like we were told during the webinar and create your video or photo story there.
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  • Wida Tausif

                                        Cultural Practices against Women

     

    “Don’t disgrace our family name!”

    “A daughter is her family’s dignity.”

    “You must marry him because we believe he is the right man for you.”

    “You can’t choose this career pathway because it will impact on your personal life, you will lose your reputation within the society.”

    “Your job is to cook and take care of your home.”

    Above are some of the common statements used against women in some countries of the world such as Afghanistan. Afghanistan is an Islamic country, but cultural practices are used against women, simply to serve the pleasures of men in power. Why?  because they believe men are superior than women.

    Before the terrorist regimes placed their own interpretations of women in Islam in Afghanistan, women were able to choose any job force and had enough rights to do and wear anything. But everything changed when the new man made sharia laws were placed. Injustice was done against women, their rights were violated. Women were asked to cover up from head to toe and they could only leave the house with a male companion. 

    Yes Women's rights in Afghanistan have gradually improved in the last decade which has enabled women to progress. But women are still looked upon with a guarded heart because the same mentalities that existed during the terrorist ruling still exist.

    There are TV programs where Islamic leaders promote strict laws against women and majority of men unfortunately do practice these laws and because of this, there have been cases where young women have been forced into marriage, stoned to death for being accused of eloping with their lover, lashed for refusing to obey their family’s decision of marriage, death threats and there are many more stories that are known within the country.

    Women’s safety is still a concern and this can only be resolved if women are given the freedom to contribute to the society.  God clearly states that all humans are equal In the Quran, God declares, “…Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you…” (49:13) At another place in the Quran,: “To whoever, male or female, does good deeds and has faith, We shall give a good life and reward them according to the best of their actions.” (16:97)

    It is unfortunate that regardless of women’s equal rights given by God in Islam, women are still victimized and classified as weak human beings.

    Oppressed, inferior, and unequal – for many people, these are the first words that come to mind which include both Muslims and non-Muslims when thinking about women in Islam. These stereotypes confuse Islam with cultural practices and fail to recognize that Islam confirms that both men and women are equal in the sight of God.

    If the country practised the religion more than the culture, women wouldn’t face such challenges. But on the other hand it is everyone’s job to educate one another particularly women. Their voices need to be heard and this can be achieved if they are not penalised for speaking up. .

    • Yasmine Ishtay
      Thank you for having written and shared this. It literally describes what my society is about. 
      I love it and love the way you choose the terminology! 

      :) 
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  • Majesté Nkundimfura
    Hello Champions,
    I had problems with tagging my post on empower women Facebook Page, If I enter its name to tag, there is no suggestions come up? Can you help me fixing this issue? Thanks so much
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  • Cristina Lasagni
    Question for the Organizers: I have just discovered yesterday there has been a lot of Empower Women discussions on this Q&A. I personally got involved more in the wider community and on Twitter/Facebook. As I thought the spirit was advocacy on social media. I also published my #HerStory and with Adobe Spark my personal story, which I have to admit I was not sure how to tag. None of them have been published, so I could not drive much content onto them. My question is: will the participants contribution be taken into account even if not belonging to the Q&A here? It is hard to keep track of guidelines in a discussion with 322 sequential comments. Thanks for clarifying. 
  • Adesanya Victoria
    Good day Prospective Champions,

    Its really awesome to finally be part of you.
    I had an emergency delivery on the 16th of November and that hindered me a bit from  participating. Thank God I am fine and my Princess is fine. Join me in welcoming an #Empoweredyoung Princess to planet earth. She is HRH Princess Vania Alexandra-Jasmine Jesufanujafunmi Adesuwa. Now r we ready to take on the world? #EWRally
    • Eka Enang
      congratulations and we welcome your little precious and empowered princess into the world.
    • Congratulations!!
    • Abiodun essiet
      Welcome my princess to the empowered world 
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  • Abiodun essiet
    It is time for us women to change our status in the labour force, we are doing so much and we don't get paid for it, it is time to put a price on our selfless service, empower women #EmpowerWomenRally. 
    • Majesté Nkundimfura
      Hello Abiodun,
      That's right, time has come women should feel confident of thier worthy roles in everything.
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  • Basant Hussein
    what about creating a facebook group to keep our connection  ?

    I think what we have benefited that we meet new people with different stories and cultures .. - whether we won or lost - meet new people the biggest benefit for every one of us .
    • Renu Tandon
      I had created a Linkedin group for all 2015-16 champions, here's the link.

      https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8459201
    • Cristina Lasagni
      I love the keep in touch idea Basant! For some Facebook might be a very personal contact, but we can still connect on linkedin and twitter if you ladies want? on twitter I am @clasagni Looking fwd to connect with all of you!
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      Good suggestion,this platform has really transform our lives and it get impossible to just end it.
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  • Eri I
    What do you think : How much important is the Word of Mouth's impact on Supporting Women ??
    • Majesté Nkundimfura
      Word of mouth is important in spreading information you need and change tge community. words create, words change and words kill. It's a beeter way of communication than others. If we you use our mouths in supporting women's empowernment, we will make sure the information was transmitted and heard whether online of offline.
    • Sarah Hesterman
      Word of mouth is extremely important! Think about the impact of educating just one person one WEE. They might tell a friend about what they've learned, their friend might tell a friend, and so on until a ton of people are talking about it! It is important to combine different types of advocacy, and word of mouth is definitely one aspect of making a difference on a local level!
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      It does magic as much as we match our words with actions,then it posively does have an impact. And that is one of the role of this group as the group name suggest.
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  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    You never know what people really thinks about you(us) untill you decide to run for a leadership position that people peceive as a "MALE"post. That's when you will be able to taste the strength and how deep you can sail in. I am happy for those who are breaking the glass. Let's not only aim to break the glass ceiling,aim to shatter it.

    #BreakTheGlassRally #EmpowerWomenRally #Champions4Change
  • Basant Hussein
    When is the deadline for the competition?
    • Gaofenngwe Kabubi
      it is Dec.5th 11:59PM EST
    • Eri I
      5th of Dec for submissions & on 10'th announcment of champions ! Goodluck!
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      Selection is on 10th meaning few days remaing for the rally. Time is running up.
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  • Abiodun essiet
    Let continue the movement in our various countries, for the members in Nigeria we can set up a Facebook network to continue networking, we can reply to this post by sending your Facebook names, I volunteer to create the platform if we all agree. It was nice networking with you all..I hope other countries can do the same ...let the movement continue #WEE #EmpowerWomenRally
    • Nancy Mbaya
      THATS BNIC ABIODUN WE NEED TO KEEP WITH THIS, WHETHER WE WIN OR LOSE. MY FB NAME IS NANCY BRIAN MABYA. YOU CAN INVITE ME BY SENDING A MESSAGE TO ME. THANKS
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  • Gaofenngwe Kabubi
    There is a very interesting read on BBC.com on "whyevery women should be given mestural leave" 

    what do you thing about this? Will this discriminate women,demining or empowering to them?
    • Gaofenngwe Kabubi
      I agree with you fellow prospects,

      I also believe that this can also bring mockery to women, but the reality is there are some women who have bad menstural period;they get very sick,vomiting, having bad pains which even affect their effectiveness at the work place.

      Like for some young girsl at school,they are forced to miss classess when they areintheir periods.

      At theend of the day it means women and girls productivity is affected negatively by this call of nature and the question is how can we make it easier for them.
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      For me I think we can't have control of nature and should be appreciated instead of seeing it as a barrier or a challenge, we never know what will follow next. Let have a view in the economic sector,Example those employed what will be the reaction of an employer if a she get a leave of let say 5 days a month,and decide not to pay the 5 days,how much will one loose within a year? It will not be something to smile about. I think it might do more harm then good #MyOpinion
    • Esomchi Agalamanyi

      I think it would demean women and also project them as less efficient a lot of employers of labour already have issues with employing married women for fear of protracted pregnancy/maternity  leaves, some companies even require spinsters to sign agreement on the duration of spinsterhood before marriage. All these are geared to allow the lady focus and be more efficient and also reduce the financial burden of the companies that carry the burden of these leaves.

       

    • Abiodun essiet
      In my own view, I think we don't need menstral leaves, it will raise other issues about our competence to our work, menstral flow is not really a problem to many women.
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  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    A warrior is a woman who wakes up despite the enemy destroying her. A woman who believes in victory without seeing it. A woman who believes in receiving her miracle because she believes the efforts she puts towards her mission, vision and dream can deliver.

    #BreakTheGlassRally
    #EmpowerWomenRally
    #Champions4Change
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      Cheers Maryann let's fight for what rightfully belong to us,our communities and nations.
    • Maryann Nwanneka Egwuonwu
      A strong woman is one who can multitask successfully and never complains. She has this inner strength that keeps her going. Cheers to all the women out there who are struggling hard to be recognised for their efforts.
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  • Marion Rain
    #WEE #BreakTheGlass

    Purity Chemtai
    13years

    On night,after had gone to sleep,my little sister overheard my mother telling myv ather that I would be circumcised the next morning so that they can getget cows.She woke me up in the middle of the night and told me what she had overheard.At the crack of dawn I ran away into the dark.

    When I went back home in the evening my mother screamed at me for being a coward and for embarrassing her. She wanted to beat me but my father stopped her, he said "she is only a child, stop shouting at her like an adult".She beat my father with a stick and promised I would be circumcised first thing the following day.That dawn I ran away again and I never went back.I was taken in by a friend's mother in Chepkobe where I stayed for about two weeks before I heard a safe house by ActionAid and Komesi Women's Group.There a lady from the group took me as a foster daughter and took me to school in Kopulio.

    I do not miss my mother, I never want to see her again.But I miss my father,he tried to listen to me but my mother was too harsh.She didn't care,all she wanted were cows.

    We are five sisters in my family three were circumcised and married off.My little sister is 7 years old now and I'm afraid for her because she has nobody to protect her.She was the one who warned me and saved me from being circumcised and now I feel like I need to save her too.She need me.

    I sent a letter to her through my friend.I don't know if she received it. I told my friend to read it for her since sha can't read.In the letter I told her that I'm fine and I'm in school.I told her that she shouldn't be scared because I will be coming to rescue her when I grow older

    In two years my little sister wiil be 9 years and I will be 15 years.I won't be scared of my mother anymore.I plan to go back home and save my little sister.THEY WILL NOT CIRCUMCISE HER.

    Sister'sKeeper #GlassBreaking



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  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Hello Champions.

    How does one share #HerStory video it does not give me the 'download video' option and we were advised to download it as a video resource. Is there any other alternative just like not being able to edit my profile.

    NB/ I am trying to use both tablet and laptop.

    Sombody Help.
    • Eka Enang
      Using a Laptop too is not giving you all you need,most especially , you cannot sign in with it. I have triede to no avail, so since i use an ipad and Laptop, getting acess to a computer system often to make my post and contributions has not been easy, hence few posts.
    • Abiodun essiet
      It is best you use your laptop, go to resources and upload your video 
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  • Abiodun essiet
    It has been a long ride, but we all made it to the end. I want to thank  Empower Women for empowering me, in just 3weeks have had many Twitter follow wers than ever and also I have been added to more than 27 organizations across the world, meaning if I post anything it will show in all the 27 platform. Am really a new being, thank you. This is my story. #HerStory #WEE #BreakTheGlass #EmpowerWomenRally.
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  • Jasmine Ishtay
    Dear ones, 
    I was given this platform to upload #HERstory on, is that OK? 

    What form of documents should I create the HERstory with? 


    Please help me.
    Thank you in advanced. 
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      Dear Jamine,about #HerStory it is all about thing that you do and Adobe Spark App was the one reffered to us I am also experiencing the same as you when it comes to infographics.
      I wish you best of luck
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  • Jasmine Ishtay
    Hello dear ones,

    I am copying this message because I am running out of time.

    Thank you for offering us an assistance, I have been trying hard to meet the expectations and deadlines for the rally requirements as I was traveling here and there in Morocco in November and have just arrived to the country; thus, it was not easy to digest everything about the rally. 

    This is Yasmine Ishtay from Jordan, I have attended the first two webinars and missed out the third one which was yesterday. 

    I have been looking for the group created on Google Drive for the campaign with no luck even in the spam I could not find the invitation.

    However, I have prepared something for #HERstory but still unsure of the form I should post it in, I mean is it going to be in a Word version, adobe or something else! I have a question here about the infographics, I know that it is necessary to include some to make it easier and more attractive but I couldn't make it.

    Moreover, how can you (UN Women) control the posts I have re-posted on my Facebook account as I have shared two posts adding the required hashtags on them and this is my Facebook account for that:
    https://www.facebook.com/ishtay.professional. Finally, I am able to participate in the online discussions and will do my best to post mine soon.

    These are all what I have been through lately and what I have been able to produce so far. Hope that is sufficient to keep me engaged in the whole campaign ahead.


    Thank you in anticipation.

    Respectfully, 
    Yasmine Ishtay
  • Joel Odota
    We have only got a few days to end this rally. I am really feeling totally changed by this rally period of the selection process. i met new and amazing friends who are my co-fighters in the struggle to bring about women empowerment. We have talked so much and it is time to bring everything to action now. We need to make the theoretical things come to reality. #EmpowerWomwnRally #ConceptsOfWEE #BreakingTheGlass
    • Amera Malek
      I have a suggestion: to work together to develop mechanisms for the economic empowerment of women can all benefit from them
      Even though they could not move the second phase so that they are available to everyone, and we developed by all
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  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Believe in yourself,your abilities and your own potential. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for.

    #EmpowerWomenRally #BreakTheGlass
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      Amera very true  it all start by believing in ones self.
      Together we can change the  narrative and win the patriarchy perception by proving the the of what we can achieve.

      #EmpowerWomenRally #BreakTheGlassRally
    • Amera Malek
      I agree with u , i think when we believe in ourself we can achieve what we want 
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  • IVVY ISABELLA ANITO
    No Woman deserves to be Poor and hungry. It is our duty to ensure we end poverty and hunger for all women. Globally, Women must be empowered economically to enhance economic development in our communities. It has been said that "when you educate a woman, you educate Nation". So when you empower a Woman, you empower the community. 
    #WEE #EmpowerWomen #EmpowerWomanRally
     
  • Eka Enang
    Just like an onion, you can only uncover layer upon layer to reveal  who you are. Join us today @ womenempowerment.org
    #EmpowerWomenRally #EWChampions4Change #EmpowerWomen

    A woman is all about femininity,
    That's the stuff that she's made up of.
    She has within her,
    Layers of depth to her thoughts and feelings.

    She reminds you of an onion,
    Seemingly translucent to tantalize your imagination.
    Only to uncover layer upon layer,
    Peeling off to reveal yet another layer.

    She's never one-dimensional,
    That's not what she's made to be.
    Her layers serve only to protect,
    Her very core of being.

    Her deepest core is so very well-hidden,
    From the harsh glare of unenlightenment.
    Generously sharing her genuine being,
    Only to those she trusts with her core.

    You can only choose to let go,
    Resisting not her many womanly charms.
    But be swept up by her many facets and dimensions,
    Uttering, "What astonishing femininity!"

    Copyright © 2008 Fion Lim. All rights reserved.

  • Eka Enang

    The Empowered Woman
    by Sonny Carroll

     

     
    The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world
    with a sense of confidence and grace.
    Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
    Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or  hesitation
    and the life she leads is of her own creation.

    She now understands what it means to live and let live.
    How much to ask for herself and how much to give.
    She has a strong, yet generous heart
    and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart.
    Like the mythical Phoenix,
    she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence,
    unfettered by the things that once that posed such resistance.

    Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly.
    She hears the wind rustling through the trees;
    beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.
    She feels the softness of her hands
    and muses at the strength that they possess.
    Her needs and desires she has learned to express.
    She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life,
    overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife.

    And the one thing she never understood,
    she now knows to be true,
    it all begins and ends with you.

     

    www.sapphyr.net/women/empwoman.htm
    • Amera Malek
      Please would send it to me as image to can share it on facebook
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  • Moureen Njule Eseme
    Hi guys. Please I need your help. Should the video for the #BreaktheGlass campaign be only about you? or can it be about somebody who inspired you? I also wish to find out if we can use Adobe Spark for the campaign. Thanks a lot !
    • Moureen Njule Eseme
      Thanks Fiifi!
    • Fiifi Oduro-Nyarkoh
      Hi Moureen,

      Yes the video should be about you, how you are currently challenging the status quo. It doesn't have to be anything extraordinary, it can be the little things you do everyday to overcome pressure or barriers in your life. It could even be about your job.

      Adobe spark can be used for the campaign and if you missed the seminar on how to create videos with Above Spark, please go to the Empower Women channel on YouTube. The webiner has been uploaded there.

      If your question was about the #breaktheglass Campaign, you just record a video of your self usually holding a glass and sharing how you break the glass under 2 minutes.
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  • Eka Enang
    There is no mountain too high that we cannot climb.....#EmpowerWomen #EWChampions4Change #WEE

    Empowered is a word that gets said way too much, even though many people do not understand exactly what it means. Women, often want to be known as empowered. The idea of being an empowered woman implies that you are in control of your life. There is a bit of feminism in this, but truly many women want to feel that they are empowered and in control of their lives. The question is how do you get there? What makes an empowered woman? If these are the questions that you have been asking yourself, then you will want to keep reading. Every woman has the ability to take charge of her life with grace, strength, and confidence—including you. That’s right, the power to be happy and fulfilled lies in your own hands. So why not live the life of your dreams? It may be easier than you think. Here are some simple positive tips to get you started …..

    8 Tips on How to Become a Positively Empowered Woman

    1) Know Yourself: 

    An empowered woman knows who she is. Many women today feel as though they have lost themselves. Maybe they gave too much in a relationship that didn’t work out. Maybe they put too much time into work and not enough time into themselves. Maybe they feel lost in the challenges of motherhood. Regardless, many women need to spend some time getting to know themselves. Knowing yourself goes way beyond what you do or who you are. Knowing yourself means understanding your own strengths and weaknesses. Do you work best by yourself or on a team? Do you communicate well? Are you organized? Are you a leader? These are questions that the empowered woman knows the answers to, because the empowered woman understands who she is as a person.

    2) Keep Learning:

    Never ever stop learning. Freeing and expanding your mind is one of the most imperative step toward empowering yourself, so educate yourself in any way you can. Even if you don’t have a formal education there are still plenty of ways to increase your knowledge on your own. Taking the initiative to teach yourself something new is one of the most empowering things you can do. Read books, go to the library or a bookstore, join a book club, or do research on the Internet. Why not sign up for a class that interests you? It can be as simple as knitting or as complex as physics. The point is to explore an area you have never explored before. Look for weekend workshops in your newspaper or drop by your local institutes to see what classes they have to offer. And if you are a busy mom with no time to take a class, check out an educational book from the library and read a few pages before bed each night. A smart woman is an empowered woman. Noone dare mess with thee😉

    3) Know What YOU Want:

    An empowered woman knows what she wants. This means that she has goals and dreams for her life. They may or may not include marriage, a family, or rising up the career ladder. Regardless of what the goals are, the empowered woman knows what she wants out of life. This enables her to act in ways that will move her closer to these goals. If she has a goal of getting married, then she will date with that goal in mind. If she has a goal of advancing in her career, then she will work with the idea of earning an eventual promotion. No matter what the goals are, having them clearly mentally defined enables the empowered woman to go after what she wants. Are you going after what you want?

    4) Be Independent: 

    When was the last time you left your house without your cell phone? Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had dinner all alone with just your awesome self for company? Being comfortable with who you are, and knowing that you are strong enough to face any situation on your own, is an empowering feeling. It doesn’t matter whether you have a partner or not. Enjoying YOU time energizes your spirit in countless ways. Don’t let not having a partner or special someone to share things with stop you from doing everything you want to do. Treat yourself to a movie or a weekend getaway for one. Make it a goal to try something new that you wouldn’t normally do alone. While you’re out there living it up you’ll be building confidence and increasing your chances of knowing yourself better.

    5) Make Connections:

    An empowered woman makes deep connections, both personal and professional. This means that she knows people, but it goes deeper than that. The empowered woman has a network of people that she has relationships with and can count on. They may be business relationships or personal ones, but she knows that she can count on these people. The business relationships may be people she can count on to help with a project or give honest feedback. The personal relationships may be friends that she can rely on when she needs them. The connections that an empowered woman makes are with people whom she can help and who can inturn help her to become a better person.

    6) Give Back:

    When you help others, you help yourself. Give back to the community in any way you can and you will be rewarded in more ways than one. Try volunteering one day a week for a program you really believe in. Find a charity you want to support, help with events around the holidays, or organize your own community program. Volunteering is not the only way to get involved with your community. Watching your neighbor’s kids or helping a friend in need is just as big a contribution. Giving back does not have to be a grand gesture. It’s as simple as saying good morning and holding the door for someone. Open your heart to others and they will open theirs to you. What a positively empowering act..right!

    7) Dream Big:  

    Don’t be afraid to go after your dreams. No dream is too big or unobtainable. An empowered woman knows that she can accomplish anything she sets out to do, it is simply a matter of perseverance, believing in yourself, and following your heart. If you truly believe in your dreams you can make them happen. But in order to do this you must try. Consider making a vision board to illustrate and remind yourself of all the goals you would like to accomplish. Listen to your heart. It was put there to empower you.

    8) Empower Others:

    An empowered woman empowers others. This is maybe the most difficult but most rewarding of all. An empowered woman can encourage other women to strive for what they want. She doesn’t pull people down but instead helps them to discover their full potential. This enables her to contribute positively to the lives of other women that she knows.

    http://positiveprovocations.com
    • IVVY ISABELLA ANITO
      Thanks Eka but I must confess this is a full/complete lecture, lengthy but insightful.
    • رحاب محمد
      Hello Eka: these are excellent eight points that helps alot of people to get over the obstacles that they could face in their way to achieve  their goals but you cannot empower other women till you have the power that enables you to do this so thanks for sharing it with us
      Rehab Ismail
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  • Odunola Oladejo
    Here in Nigeria, more men take up leaderdhip positions due to some common myths about women that they are incapable. I and my colleagues came together and organized an economic empowerment seminar, tagged "Women for Liberty, Leadership and Empowerment"
    The purpose was to stimulate women’s interests in taking up leadership positions in African countries, to foster discussion on the best ways to cultivate the spread of human rights and economic development, and to help women become dynamic leaders and powerful advocates of change.
    I and my team have been working together to promote other women and support economic empowerment. Read more here http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2014/08/27/first-ever-women-for-liberty-seminar-in-nigeria/
    #BreakTheGlass
    #EmpowerWomenRally
    #WEE
     
     
    • Amera Malek
      Not only African women are suffering from these stereotypes
      All women in the world have the same problem, and I think that the difference in rates between regions and the country should not be a hindrance towards uniting efforts to change these concepts
    • Abiodun essiet
      good work odun, i also have a network on social media- face book, where i mentor young women in Africa who are interested in politics and leadership.
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  • Abiodun essiet
    Support for African female entrepreneurs has come in the form of small financial subsidies or skills training limited to subsistence work  such as basket weaving, soap making or small scale agriculture. Even social enterprises often overlook the possibility of women creating small, medium or large businesses that could drive job creation and innovation across the continent. Africa women wishing to become entrepreneurs lack access to good quality and locally relevant information about how to build a modern business. The global narrative surrounding Africa women remain the same: that they are poor victims only worthy of charity rather than investment, with your help, we want to change that...#EmpowerWomenRally #BreakTheGlass 
  • Abiodun essiet
    In all our discussions on empowering women, I could draw a conclusion that involving women in decision making is a great step towards women empowerment, when more women are involved in decision making, more policies in favor of women Economic empowerment will be made . Have you watch how senate pass their laws, they cast their vote with their voices, if you are in support say Iiiiii , if you are not in support say Neyyyyyy. So we women need to make our voices count. #BreakTheGlass #EmpowerWomenRally
    • Marion Rain
      But with more women in the senate passing laws in our favour will be much better. In Kenya the third gender rule has been a headache to be passed in parliament yet it is in the constitution of Kenya.
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  • Joel Odota
    "Breaking the glass" is simply getting out of the box. Women need to break the bandages of oppression, segregation, extremism, poverty and say NO to every forces that pull them back into the Slavery of inequality. It is doing unbelievable things and keeping everyone wondering. This is not only the women's responsibility but everyone's. men need to stand with the women together in this in order to achieve more. #BreakingTheGlasa
    #WomenEmpowermentRally
    • Amera Malek
      Women need to break the glass located inside her.
      To find out its strengths and its belief in free-standing and ability to carry out all the tasks that the community is trying to prevent them from carrying out
    • Abiodun essiet
      I always say it is easier for a man to talk to a traditional ruler about empowering women, because men listens to themselves more than listening to women, it is a very good idea to have men on our team... 
    • Odunola Oladejo
      Yes Joel. Small to big achievements of each person should be appreciated so long as such fellow is supporting  women to become economically empowered.
      Let us  #BreakTheGlass together by working with one another for the achievement of SDG 5 - to empower both women and girls.
    3 of 3 Replies
  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Hello Cecilia and Diana
    When is the deadline of video/story upload?

    Naserian Kirrokor from Kenya
    #EmpowerWomenRally
    • Fiifi Oduro-Nyarkoh
      The actual Deadline is 5th December.
    • Fiifi Oduro-Nyarkoh
      Hi Naserian, 

      The EW Champions will be announced on 10 December so please make sure you upload your stories and resources and are actively involved before that period.
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  • Abiodun essiet
    In all countries over the world, women entrepreneurs owning small and medium sized businesses are struggling to access the capital they need to grow . Goldman Sachs estimates there is a 285 billion dollars credit gap globally. Meanwhile a number of factors inhibit women ability and incentive to find employment and run businesses, including laws that favour men over women. These include inheritance laws in some countries that favour sons , property rights that don't protect women's ownership, divorce laws that give assets to the husband, and restrictions on women's ability to open bank accounts or access credit. Even when legal rights exist, social norms and business practices may hold women back . Once these are addressed, women's economic potential and wider inclusion into financial life will have enormous benefits to society. Let address the root of women economic challenges #BreakTheGlass #EmpowerWomenRally 
  • Ndudi Bowei
    Please how do i register under this group and get the google link
  • Aisha Keita
    Hi,
    Are we still on for the Webinar today on Adobe Spark ?
    1 of 1 Replies
  • Marion Rain
    To break the glass I think we need more men in this journey. Ask any man you meet how they empower their women. Let's take the challenge and challenge them. On that way some will change their perception towards women. How do they contribute in women's success in their homes. Do they give a back up to women and girls. #breaktheglass
  • Eri I

    Women Situation in Albania

    Gender-based violence is widespread and trafficking of women for sexual purposes is a severe problem in the country. -Several steps have been taken to strengthen women’s rights in Albania. The country has ratified the UN’s (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) and it has adopted laws and action plans for gender equality and against gender-based violence. However, many people still do not know that these laws exist and several of the laws are actually not being implemented.
    Improper implementation is linked to a variety of problems, including lack of by-laws, inadequate budgets, frequent turn-over in public offices, lack of proper monitoring, insufficient awareness raising campaigns to change the public opinion, and insufficient trainings for people responsible for implementing of the policies and strategies, like police officers, medical staff, law professionals etcetera. Old stereotypes and discriminatory practices are still dominant in Albanian society.In June 2014, Albania was granted candidate status for EU membership. This means that the country will continue the process of reforms, including improved implementation of women’s rights.

    Two out of three women subjected to violence - Regardless of the legal framework, violence against women is still a widespread problem. According to the Albanian Institute of Statistics’ report Women &Man in Albania 2016, in the course of 2010-2014, there was a significant increase in the number of women victims of domestic violence. The notion that abuse in the home is a private matter has slowly started to change. The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation’s partner organisations in Albania also report that campaigns arranged by women’s organizations, to increase women’s awareness of their right to protection from violence, have resulted in more women reporting cases of gender-based violence.
    Trafficking in women and girls for sexual purposes is another major problem. The efforts of the Albanian government to combat human trafficking are hampered by corruption and a lack of witness protection. Not many perpetrators have been prosecuted, and those who have been convicted have been given relatively mild sentences.

    Obstacles in politics - There is an overrepresentation of men in Albanian politics. Gender discrimination and stereotypes are two factors that hinder women’s participation in political decision-making. A revision of the gender equality law in 2008 introduced a rule that at least  30 percent of all decision-making positions should be held by women. After the 2013 elections, Albania had an all-time-high of women representatives in political bodies. In 2015, the percentage of women MPs reached 23%. Many women are not aware of their political rights, and it is relatively common for men to vote on behalf of the women in their family. Few women are active in political parties and those who are tend to receive little support, even from their own parties.

    Difficult to be self-sufficient -In Albania, men have significant economic power compared to women. It is difficult for women to become self-sufficient due to a number of different factors including gender discrimination, time-consuming family responsibilities and a lack of childcare. Women are expected to take care of the children and do all the unpaid domestic work. For many girls it is their own families who hinder them from the opportunity of getting a paid job in the future, by forcing them to leave school when they become teenagers. Since men are the ones who inherit property within the family, very few women own any land, real estate or capital.

    Source of information: http://kvinnatillkvinna.se/en/country/albania/womens-situation/#

  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Hello Champions.
    Sorry will interupt the dicussion of today, I really want to edit my bio very unfortunate all along I have been trying to but in vain.
    Kindly help. From Kenya Naserian.
    • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
      Hey Odunola. I have try to use tab and computer but still in vain. I really don't know what to do next.
      Thank you.
    • Odunola Oladejo
      Hey Naserian. You could use a tablet, laptop/desktop to edit your profile instead of phone. I hope this helps.
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  • Marion Rain
    My fellow champions the festive season is here with us and we have a lot of time to help women crack the glass in one way or another. Let's go back to the village/communities and give back to the women whom they really struggled or struggling to make us prosper or made us who we are today. It is the the gift of being thankful how they wake up so early to make sure we went to school on time. We belong to the community.

    #BreakTheGlass
  • Abiodun essiet
    Women holds only 12% of board members in companies, 5% of CEOs in the world are women, we need confidence, capacity and access to capital to succeed as women ....yes we can.
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  • Abiodun essiet
       Mohammed a Nobel prize winner who started Grameen Bank to empower women in Bangladesh, loan them money without collateral and no lawyer is involved. He believes that women should be trusted, his business has seen then grown to be a multimillion dollar company. Thank you sir for believing in women empowerment, 80% of his staffs are women. #TWC16 #women #BreakTheGlass #WEE
  • Tolulope Ola
    Some women stay in abusive relationships for economic security. With a divorce, some women reported that they were disempowered.

    The link to the Peer-Reviewed paper: https://www3.mruni.eu/ojs/social-inquiry-into-well-being/article/view/4227/4004
  • Diana Rusu

    Dear Prospective Champions,

    Please register for 2016-2017 Global Champions Rally - Advocacy & Social Media Group - How to use Adobe Spark Webinar on 2 December  2016 at 10:00 AM EST:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8573550048713005572

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Cecilia will share some interesting and useful information :).

    All the best,
    Diana

    • Eri I
      Hope that Adobe Spark (to create videos or graphics) is supported in mobile devices , because until now it is able only in pc/ computers.

      Waiting for tomorrow's webinar , although today's last part of Skills webinar with one by one Questions & Answers discussion was great.
    • Tolulope Ola
      I have registered. Looking forward to the webinar.

      Thanks
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  • Naserian Cecilia Kirrokor
    Hello Champions.
    I am motivated by the comments I am reading and more so learning.
    As women the leadership ceiling is still not touched, let's all strive to crack it in our respective countries 
    #BreakTheGlass
  • Eri I
    "Preventing a woman from driving a car today is an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,” in Arabia.

    A  Saudi Prince has accepted& declared :
    It's Time , Let's Women Drive
    !

    For further info please refer to the respective link : 
    http://ti.me/2gED2yZ


  • Eri I
  • Cecilia Fernández Peña
    Hi dearest Champions!

    We would like to keep the #BreakTheGlass hashtag focused. Our team has noticed that some of you have been using the hashtag for different topics. It is possible that the campaign wasn't clear and that is why this happened. 

    Here are few clarifications:
    • #BreakTheGlass is about breaking the glass ceiling. The glass ceiling is an invisible barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women. Thus, #BreakTheGlass is about showcasing how women crack the glass. 
    • Some of you have used the hashtag for other causes. Although it is valid that the hashtag can apply to other spheres. We really want to emphasize that is about women in the workplace, women in their professions, women entrepreneurs, women in business, women leaders, etc etc. 

    IMPORTANT NOTE: We have seen a few videos using #BreakTheGlass hashtag talking about other topics that are not directly connected with breaking the glass ceiling. We kindly suggest you to review this work and re focus it. 

    Here are a few definitions to help understand the what is the glass ceiling

    Many of you are doing a remarkable job! Keep it up!

    Best, 
    Cecilia@EmpowerWomen
  • Bongwong Justin
    http://opportunitydesk.org/2016/11/28/arso-continental-essay-competition-20162017/

    A
    PPLY NOW!!!!


    ARSO Continental Essay Competition 2016/2017

    The competition is organized with the effort to ensure that youth are enlightened and their standard culture is improved. This year’s theme is: “Role of Standardization in Facilitating the Rights of Women.” Cash prizes will be awarded to winners.

    More at https://goo.gl/d5Veld | Deadline: January 31, 2017

     

     
  • Aisha Keita
    On world Aids Day! 
    What are you doing in your community to combat HIV and Aids?
  • Eri I

    Do you think , there should exist a Challenge "Planting Trees for Women " ?
    In these case all stakeholders (men,women and their children and other organizations) will collaborate to get involved in such initiatives , raising the Awareness and Important Role of Women in Society .
    #BreakTheGlass



  • Odunola Oladejo
    I believe and I know that equal access to education, promotion economic empowerment among women, gender equality and putting a  stop to violence against women and girls will develop our society and make us grow as a nation.

    You can check the UN Women page and join the campaign. Let us say NO to violence against women. #orangetheworld in #16days
    • Abiodun essiet
      Good point, let work together abiodunessiet@gmail.com
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  • Abiodun essiet
    Am in London for trust women conference, I ask the panelist 3questions relating to women empowerment, during our break time , a man from Nigeria came to meet me that I was asking too many questions that I should not ask any questions again for the day, I was asking myself who gave this man right over my mouth ,the saddest truth is that the man is working for a women focused organization that is promoting women empowerment. Of course I responded well and I am sure next time he will not stop a woman to speak for their rights .
    in Africa and in my country Nigeria women are to be seen and not to speak, women stand up for your right and speak,min we don't speak we can't be empowered.
    • Marion Rain
      Great your are breaking and cracking the glass anytime you get some time to change the attitudeand cultural believes of men to women. #breaktheglass
    • Odunola Oladejo
      Abiodun, I am motivated by this.
      I am happy we are both fighting for this cause.
      I am a Nigerian. Your facts are true. No one is going to promote this cause except us. Together we can.


    • Esomchi Agalamanyi

      Well I’m glad you had the experience, he backed up on the wrong tree, and I’m certain before he assumes the position  of a demigod  next time feeling he can tell a woman what to do and what not to do he would bite his tongue. 

      The whole essence of a panel discussion is to ask question to broaden ones knowledge base and to grow that’s why individuals participate , if not they might as well make a video presentation and upload on YouTube.

    • Majesté Nkundimfura
      Oh sorry what happened to you! why they don't let you burn them with your questions? I think no one is allowed to stop women from expressing thier rights and views. As empower women champions for change, I think we have to keep advocating freedom of speech for women in Africa or elsewhere.
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  • Eri I
    The latest initiative is collaboration of govermental institutions and NGOs in the Campaign for Violence Reporting in Albania!
    For further information , please refer to the following link :

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_puGcehTk&feature=share
  • Majesté Nkundimfura
    Oh the question I had was resolved, Those who are experiencing the same question try onother browser, internet explorer works better than others.
  • Majesté Nkundimfura
    Hello Cecilia,
    I am seeing error message when submiting the story, I have tried so many times but nothing is going, would you help me please?
  • Eka Enang
    The challemges women face each day has become a social problem and therefore the need for us to rise and address the situation. Gender inequality and other gender issues are not only concerns of women but also the society at large. These issues exposes women to certain form of discrimination,Legal barriers,unjust treatment, hey are also oppressed and excluded from developemental programmes and most times given derogatory statements and remarks by the male folks. All thesekills their morale and only those women who have a strong will dare move ahead to achieve their goals and ambitions while others allow their dreams to die with them.

    I am quite impressed that we have men folks who are willing to rise up and also fight for the right of the women, realizing that greatnes lies in everyone, until we harness it, we never truely can know.

    looking at it from the Social work perspective, which is a problem solvng institution, we could use the Socail-Provisional helping model for instance, liase with institutional networks and other Agencies and organizations etc to make sure that resources are equitably distributed and made available so that the women can get their fair share. Aside from that, i am quite impressed with a lot of campaigns going on in Nigeria now on #DomesticVoilence though some women are still reluctant to come forth to expose these perpetrators, all the same , we will not stop until the battle is won.

    Most importantly, if our policy makers would  make the right policies which will also favour the women and make sure they are appropraitely implemented, it could remove the barriers of descrimination and create equal opportunities for women to be recognised.
    • Odunola Oladejo
      Both men and women have a role to play in the promotion of gender equality.
    • Esomchi Agalamanyi

      If very important that men engage in these issues as domestic violence is often carried out by men on the women folks. I saw a survey yesterday where men were asked if they believed women deserved to be beat up at times and many said yes!

      It’s quite saddening when one begins to think of the monster our society has created, having enshrined a man as a demi-god who is always right; gradually he begins to see the woman as ales equal. As a way out we must begin to raise our kids to inculcate mutual respect for one another and their decision. And men that perpetuate violence against women be it domestic or otherwise must be severely punished to ensure people deter from such. Women must also be thought to speak up, its never noble to die in silence.

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  • رحاب محمد
    Hello every body :as i told you before about the corruption in my country especially in minisstery ogf justice that donot have any justice as there are some of the corruopted judges that are men of course that didnot like the idea of empowering women to be leaders or envolving them in governance as aresult they gave money to one of the empolyee in human resources coompany his name is Ahmed selim  to tell me to send him my CV to find the suitable job for me so idid as aresult he put apicture on my  yahoo Email account  that says gad name with out my  permission in order to appear anather  person that is not me   so i tried to remove it as i cauld  i sighned out of all my devices, put security proceedures ,but they gave him money in order to do this and the worest thing that  the Egyption government know this corruption and didnot do any thing so now what do you advice me to do in order to protect my right as ahuman being?
    Rehab Ismail
    • رحاب محمد
      Hello Odunola: thanks for your reply but what increased my anger is that i opened anather face account and  my country stole it and gave it to one of the judges in the council of state though the law of judiciary authority prevent judges from working in  international or domestics politics  or even diplomacy as they didnot only violated my human right in privacy and freedom of expression but they violated the domestics law as well then i knew know that it is not amatter of qualification but amatter of corruption  but it became obvious to all that corruption became Egyptian ministery of justice but i will not give up even i has to stand up alone as isee that you are right it is better for me to search for aclean enviroment to live in it that is empty of corruption 
      REHAB ISMAIL
    • Odunola Oladejo
      Dear Rehab. I am sorry this happened to you. I hope the government in your country have a better understanding that improving the quality of judicial system will bring about a free society with no gender-based violence. You could go to an enabling environment where gender equality is encouraged.
      I am happy to know we are all working towards promoting women's economic empowerment.
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  • Erastus Cheruiyot
    Over a while now, I have been interested in the advocacy for healthy family units/dating relationships. And I'm of the strong conviction that there's vast economic benefits of quality healthy relationships. I believe real empowerment needs to begin with oneself. You are the most important person in your life. And for you to succeed in any endeavour, it is important for you to be the best you that you can be. I have been developing awareness content in relation to this, and I wish to share the same or join efforts with anyone interested. More ideas/alternative perspectives?
  • Abiodun essiet
      https://t.co/c7cWtl6Ere the girls are taking their stand against GBV
  • Basant Hussein
    Can anyone explain what we should do in #herstory campaign ? and where we share our infographic, videos #breaktheglass and our article on wikipedia ??
    • Fiifi Oduro-Nyarkoh
      Hi Basant,

      The HerStory Campaign requires you to submit stories about women making history or great strides in your community or Country that usually not many people have heard about. You can also submit stories about inspiring women who overcame barriers in life. It could be your own story, your mother or family member, your teacher, role model etc. Once you are ready to submit a story , go to Stories in the Community portal to submit and remember to add a picture. Alternatively, go to the Stories portal for inspiration on how to write a story.
      For the break the glass campaign find more information here:

      https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/who-we-are/news/2016/07/breaktheglass-campaign

      Or Simply click on Who We Are portal on the Empower women website then click on News. You will find more information on Break the Glass and Her Story Campaigns.

      You can also share infographics, videos, articles and other resources here:
      https://www.empowerwomen.org/en/resources/documents/upload-a-resource


    • Abiodun essiet
      A Google group has been created for this purpose, check your mail 
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  • Eri I
    Sharing is Caring .
    Even Albania is following the case of Kazakhistan ,some businesses have signed the declaration, for their commitment to promoting empower women in the workplace. #BreakTheGlass
    For furrther info , please refer to the folowing :
    https://www.ata.gov.al/en/declaration-signed-businesses-express-commitment-to-promoting-empowerment-of-women-in-the-work-place/
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