Womens' Empowerment

Creating Positive Change For Women In Italy

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

I believe that if institutions create greater educational and economic opportunities for women, we would immediately begin to see the positive impact on society. In my opinion, the Italian Government should highlight the capabilities of girls by creating more opportunities for dialogue to influence policies that benefit women and girls.

Ramp Up Your Dating Life By Tracking Your Period

Alicia Meek | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Meek

I could talk about periods all day but today I'm going to focus the menstrual cycle and dating. Imagine tracking these days and realigning your schedule to ensure you have time to give yourself space, love, baths, hot water bottles, romantic movies to cry your face off to privately.

Is That "Your" Problem?

Monique Caissie | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Our egos, especially when we are feeling insecure in a new undertaking, can sabotage us. This can be exhausting if we are unaware that we are reacting to fear. Stepping back and taking stock of why we are reacting is a healthy first step. Then we need to implement some leadership habits.

Inside Every Person Is A Scorecard, And Other Life Truths

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

I used to believe that people don't keep score. It turns out they do. Verbal barbs hurled at you in anger reveal that inside everyone is a scorecard. There must be a part of the brain that files those items away. A disagreement flares and some long forgotten event is thrown up in your face

27 Signs You May Be A Doormat At Work

Monique Caissie | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

You are successful. People look to you to solve their problems. You love it! You've worked hard to get where you are. It's not just what you do that's great; it's also the type of person you try to be, every day. Then, someone comes along who undermines you, makes confusing passive-aggressive comments or just plain avoids responsibility. They break promises and have all types of excuses.

5 Traits Of Successful Business Women

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

I've had the privilege of working with motivational women for years and being included in this category is truly humbling. Being a career woman myself I often am asked the secrets to success.

The Power Of Female Leaders: Q&A With Jamilah Taib Murray

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Jamilah Taib Murray founded Sakto Corporation, one of Ottawa's foremost property development and management companies. She is a long-time philanthropist with a particular dedication to fostering education for women and children, and female empowerment through promoting participation and leadership skills building

Beauty Is Your Name: A Letter To My Daughter

Linnie von Sky | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Linnie von Sky

Because my baby girl, you come from a proud line of loving, nurturing, loud laughing, often giggling, deeply feeling and wonderful women with curves who have been wounded by other people's aesthetic expectations and cheated by their own understanding of perfection. I want you to see me love myself for all the gorgeous, nurturing mamas that came before me.

How Clean Water Generates Power For The World's Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I've witnessed the power that water can bring to a community -- not hydroelectricity, but human empowerment. It happens when a single borehole is drilled deep into the ground, and a pump installed. Clean water becomes a source of hydration, refreshment and strength, freeing people up to do great things.

Is PMS Ruining Your Life?

Alicia Meek | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Meek

The symptoms of PMS can be agonizing on several levels. I broke up with my boyfriend, my uterus hurts, I look three months pregnant, I snapped at my boss, I'm exhausted, my skin is gross, I had chocolate for dinner and I cry every time I see an elderly dog. We all have our own set of complaints and remedies.

3 Ways To Build Stronger Friendships

Jude Saqer | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living
Jude Saqer

Sometimes we, as strong and independent individuals, want to believe that we can face the storm single-handedly, but having supportive friends makes all the difference. As Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and a strong advocate of women's leadership, says, we are more effective and productive once we have a support group.

Women Shouldn't Be Ashamed Of Masturbation

Alicia Meek | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Meek

I've always been an advocate for speaking openly about sex and masturbation. I make a point in asking my friends (and mother) who are in long term relationships about their sex lives, partnered or solo. The singles are more likely to offer information, but I'll pester them every once and a while anyways.

Not All Periods Are Created Equal

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

Millions of girls around the world will miss school each month because of their periods. Because they don't have sanitary supplies, because they don't understand what is happening to them, or because they are taught that it means they are unclean and dirty. It doesn't have to be this way.

A Love Letter To My PMS

Lenora Thompson | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

One time I heard that menopause is the last chance a woman has to straighten out whatever isn't right in her life. It's her last time of insight into the reality that "all is not well in the kingdom." I wonder, dear PMS, if you aren't a microcosm of that concept. My anger may actually be an insight into truth.

What Happens When We Pass The Point Of Gender Parity?

Bob Ramsay | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living
Bob Ramsay

The stereotypical argument against gender parity for women is that there just aren't enough of them who are qualified to do X. The stereotypical argument against gender parity for men is the opposite: that "women's work" isn't as attractive or well-paying. But the prejudices and economics that propped up both those arguments are falling fast.

10 Steps To Help You Bounce Back From Adversity

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Life can be beautiful, but occasionally it can also kick us in the teeth. We can experience loss, disappointment, adversity. Eventually, everyone has to face their fair share of pain. What makes the difference between someone who barely survives these challenges in life, and someone who meets these challenges head-on and thrives?

Releasing Your 'Inner Warrior' Combats Self-Doubt

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Internally, the inner warrior is the part of you that recognizes and rejects any negative self-talk. In the world, the inner warrior looks out for you and identifies who's friendly and who's a potential threat. When you embody this warrior part of the psyche, it enables you to stand up for yourself any time you need to and walk away from a bad situation any time you have to.

Self-Care Is The New Feminism

Brigid Dineen | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Brigid Dineen

We have the right to want more. We deserve to have space for ourselves in our lives. Self-care is the ground floor of the revolution. This is where we begin to reclaim our lives, even in the midst of a chaotic and complicated world. And that, my love, is life-changing.

Stepping It Up For Women's HIV Prevention

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 03.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Many women around the world are placed in situations where they are often unable to negotiate with their partners to be faithful or to use condoms. Stepping it up for gender parity requires that women have access to a range of HIV prevention options, including those that they can use without partner involvement if they choose. Recent advances in oral pre-exposure prophylaxis have contributed to an expanding set of options, and two weeks ago, the results of two vaginal microbicide trials were released, taking us one momentous step forward along this path.

The Support Women Provide Is Still Undervalued

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 03.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Each year, International Women's Day offers us the opportunity to take stock of how much progress women in communities all around the world have made, and how much further we have to go. As we continue to fight against ingrained patriarchal structures that constrain us all, it is important that we advocate for increased recognition and a shared division of labour across all spheres including our emotional lives.

More Mobiles Than Toilets: New Approaches To The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Ending the AIDS epidemic requires that we discuss the invisible side of HIV/AIDS, such as cases of sexual violence... Many women may be aware of the risks of HIV during unprotected sex, but without equity and rights over their bodies, they may not be able to enact any measures of protection. Giving women and disempowered persons a channel to ask for help, network, and gain information is essential.

Capping AIDS Requires Stepping It Up For Gender Equality

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

The presence of gender inequality becomes apparent within the communities of CAP-AIDS Uganda's CBO partners upon observing gender disparities in domestic labour and unpaid work, access to capital, as well as land and housing rights. These women are breadwinners, caregivers and active agents of community development who are entrenched in the social welfare of family, friends and neighbours.

POZ Women's Empowerment Through Community-Based Research

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

POZ women (women living with HIV) may face further incursions on their mental, physical, and emotional health, as gender-based disparities often interfere with socioeconomic stability. Employed may become unemployed or underemployed. Unstable housing may lead to a risk of homelessness... Being in an unhealthy and abusive relationship can severely affect a woman's sense of safety and security.

How To Coach Women To Build Their Self-Confidence

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

The key to building self-confidence is repeated practice coupled with persistence. Help women on your team overcome self-doubt by inviting them to contribute to the conversation, whether they are in classroom or the boardroom.

Telling Your Story Can Change The World

Jagneet Singh | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Jagneet Singh

A few years ago I decided to embark on a backpacking trip across Europe for two months. Towards the end of my travels, I found myself at the Sisteen Chapel in Rome, Italy. As I was standing there, enchanted by this insanely crazy masterpiece, I felt a soft whisper perk the tiny hairs on the back of my neck.