Womens' Empowerment

I Fled My Country For Canada After Being Diagnosed With PTSD

Street Haven | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Street Haven

My family regarded me as a worthless and dangerous person in need of being chained up. In my country, mental health is not understood as it is in Canada. It is considered dangerous and weak. My family began to speak out against me and I knew that I had to flee my country in order to be safe.

I Bawled When I Breastfed My Child For The Last Time

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lauren Bialystok

The last time I breastfed my first child, I bawled. Unbeknownst to my 13-month-old, I was about to disappear for several days, a last-resort measure to terminate a relationship that was marked by inadequate milk supply, sleepless nights, blocked ducts and metabolic chaos. She was frustrated, I was frustrated, I was losing more weight than was healthy and I had a job interview in a week. It was taking a huge toll on everyone. Heaving with sadness and guilt, I finally agreed to go cold-turkey.

5 Reasons Why Women May Be Better Investors Than Men

Coreen T. Sol, CFA | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Business
Coreen T. Sol, CFA

Ongoing research in behavioural finance is unearthing alarming consistencies in how we act around money and stark differences between men and women that have some investors sitting up and taking profits. Here are five reasons why you should consider your feminine side when it comes to investing.

The Transformative Power Of A Rafiki

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Artisan Mama Toti lives in the Maasai village of Nkoyet-naiborr in Kenya. Many families like hers live on less than $1 a day. Mama Toti dreamed for years of owning a goat, so she would have milk for her family and be able to earn an income.

I Was The Fattest Person In The Room -- Until One Day, I Had Enough

BrazenWoman | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
BrazenWoman

As I continued to lose weight and get stronger, I no longer had a to-do list full of other people's priorities. I now had personal goals that were all about me. I was losing weight with purpose, so that I could run, jump, play and enjoy my life. Being active was becoming fun. I was in my fifties, and I was just now learning how to play.

The Symbolism Within Spain's New Legal Marrying Age

G(irls)20 | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Alone, this law may not directly change much; it should go hand in hand with the support of more institutional and legal framework aimed at providing women with space and time to pursue their education and general development free of external pressures.

My Journey To Creating Access To Decent Work For Women In Africa

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

My life's story has led me on this path to wanting to make access to decent, empowering work available to women through the acquisition of tradeable skills. Decent employment for women is the main escape route out of poverty in Africa, and it strengthens the link between economic growth and aggregate poverty reduction.

We Need To Remove Laws That Are Barriers To Gender Equality

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Continuing legal differences between the entitlements of men and women in economies across the globe has a negative impact on female work force participation. Some say that women should suck it up, and do a different job. Why? If men are entitled to pursue any career they like, why shouldn't women have the same opportunities?

A Long Way To Go For Gender Equality In South Korea

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

Unfortunately, South Korea still has a long way to go in terms of females getting opportunities in leadership positions. The number of female politicians in South Korea is 49 out of 300 members of parliament and South Korea had a 37.4 per cent gender wage gap, which was the largest gap among OECD countries in 2014..

Leading The Way For Japanese Women In The Workforce

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Thirteen per cent. That is the percentage by which Japan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could be boosted if the number of women in the workforce was raised to equal the number of working men.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun(damental) Human Rights

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

As of 2014, 143 out of 195 countries legally guarantee equality between men and women. I wish I could say that gender equality, or any equality, enforced by the law translates into equality in the minds of people. Deeply rooted problems preventing true parity have been promoted by patriarchy for years, passed on from one generation to another disguised as 'tradition.'

Changing The Role Of Indonesian Women Will Take A Paradigm Shift

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

n the past decade, Indonesia has progressed in terms of female labour force participation. However, only 51 per cent of Indonesian women are currently engaged in the labour force. This is due to several barriers, including the fact that women are tied to culture, traditions, beliefs and customs.

Catalyzing Female Labour Force Participation In Pakistan

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Pakistan is a diverse country and females account for a large portion of the population. Recently, it has becoming increasingly difficult to discuss the challenges that Pakistani women face. There is a dire need to promote the education of females by launching awareness campaigns at the national level, because in order to educate a nation, you need to educate its women.

How I Overcame My Fear Of Dancing In Fishnets

BrazenWoman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Living
BrazenWoman

I do know that my weight is not an indicator of health, fitness -- or anything else other than how much I weigh. I know that I am not defined by my cellulite, expanding midriff, or any other body parts that don't wow me. And yet here I am, wishing that I wasn't mentally dragged down by my extra pounds.

6 Career Lessons From A Twitter Executive

Lina Duque | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

When Kirstine Stewart joined Twitter two years ago to build their Canadian business, she went from being a high-profile TV executive to the first empl...

Setting the Tatas Free Won't Erase Breast Cancer

Lyba Spring | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

Early in this year's breast cancer madness, a friend posted a photo with a caption on my Facebook page. It depicted a slim woman, nude except for panties, arms raised, flying her (matching) black bra overhead. The caption: "Support breast cancer. Set the tatas free. Oct. 13 no bra day." I don't love it and here is why.

Investing In Gender Diversity Yields Strong Returns

G(irls)20 | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

When making predictions about economic success, it is impossible to know what the future holds. Yet the corporate investment in women certainly isn't a hedge. Beyond simply a moral obligation towards equal opportunity, there is fiscal value in utilizing a previously undervalued resource.

Girls Are So Much More Than Just One Label

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

My daughter is a hockey player; a student, a little sister, a big sister, a baker, a daycare assistant, a best friend, an artist, a snowboarder, and recently a member of a leadership group at her high school. She's not unusual; she's like many women and girls. We are more than just one thing.

Unleash the Power of Adolescent Girls

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

To unleash the power of the adolescent girls is to create a world where girls are able to take advantage of any and every opportunity to come her way. It means to create a world where she not only has access to education, but also the freedom to attend school. Where she has reliable sources of nutrition-rich food and clean water, and doesn't have to risk sexual assault to collect it.

The Same Job, But a Different Paycheque?

G(irls)20 | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

If you took two different individuals and gave them exactly the same amount of work, it will only be logical to pay them exactly the same amount of money, right? Even more so if they are both productive and have great outcomes.

The Best Female Leaders Seek Constructive Criticism

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

The best female leaders have very high expectations for themselves and constantly raise the bar by seeking constructive criticism. Then, when told where they made mistakes, rather than berating themselves, they treat the feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement. That constructive narrative enables them to separate criticism from feelings of self-worth.

Fathers Should Be the Heroes Who Empower Their Daughters

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

I believe that EVERY father has a vital responsibility to ensure that, from their very earliest years, his daughters believe that they can succeed in whatever they want to do in life. And that they, too, have the same rights and privileges and opportunities as their brothers.

Women Don't Want Privilege, They Want Equality

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

G(irls)20 brings together a group of carefully selected young women, "delegates", equips them with leadership and communication skills and gives them the opportunity to meet with leaders from government, business and civil society. This is an excellent way of empowering young women to help them realize their full potential.

5 Small Steps Male Leaders Can Take to Retain Female Employees

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

I had a discussion about the advancement of women with the senior partner of a major law firm. Frustrated with the leaky pipeline of women in his organization, he described hiring equal numbers of men and women but found the turnover rate for female associates to be three to four times that of the males. Rather than throwing up his hands in dismay, there are things he can do to retain women employees.

An Authentic Role Model for Motherhood

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Katie Zeppieri

To all new and expecting mothers Tara encourages you to: "Get connected. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to carry a mother so don't be afraid to reach out to someone walking the same journey. We can walk together because our children need us to be the best mothers that we can possibly be."