Do you want to create real change and stop just talking about women’s empowerment? Join us at the Gender Economics Working Conference, June 10-11, Sydney.

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Early Bird Registrations open NOW! Make a difference to the future for men and women!

Originally posted on Gender Economics.com:

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Centre for Gender Economics

 

Productive discourse requires certain fundamental understanding that can shape and inform the conversation. Solving the problem of gender inequity requires that we understand how economic and organisational ‘barriers’ arose. These barriers were created over time — they rose up over generations — and, now, it is time to take a fresh look and ask ourselves if these barriers are holding all of us back. Greater gender parity enables economic and organizational innovation, improved corporate financial performance and stronger, more sustainable communities. 

Gender Economics combines practical and positive business experience with academic research. This approach reveals the root cause creating and sustaining barriers to women’s economic empowerment. With this knowledge, practical and implementable tools can be developed and deployed so organizations, men and women can share in the economic development of our shared society only for themselves but for their families and communities. Early Bird Register…

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Woman of Change = Alison Watkins, the new CEO of Coca-Cola Amatil

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Alison Watkins

Alison Watkins

Alison Watkins, the new CEO of Coca-Cola Amatil. Photo: Christopher Pearce

Woman of Change – Dr Janet Yellen – US Senate as chair of the US Federal Reserve

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Dr Janet Yellon, photo Reuters

Dr Janet Yellon, photo Reuters

Dr Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve, is sworn in to testify at her U.S. Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing in Washington. Photo: Reuters

Last week, Dr Janet Yellen, 67, was confirmed by the US Senate as chair of the US Federal Reserve, a position she will take up when the term of current chair, Ben Bernanke, expires on January 31.
Read more of this story: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/meet-the-most-powerful-woman-in-the-world-20140116-30×18.html#ixzz2qjGBkT9J

Read more about Dr Yellen here

Irena Sendler, a remarkable story of courage…

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Please share this remarkable story of courage…

Irena

Irena Sendler

During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

Please share this to honor the sacrifice and courage of this fine human being who gave so much and saved so many.
http://www.irenasendler.org/

— with Eolia Katherine, Bert Welkom, Nancy Duong, Jefferson Alexander Alcivar Mera, Yulius Yahya, Rajiv Mohan, Ceespial Aaron and Serge Portal.

Be patient and remember how you were looked after

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photo by Guillermo Peña

photo by Guillermo Peña

My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way … remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you … my darling daughter.

Original text in Spanish and photo by Guillermo Peña.
Translation to English by Sergio Cadena

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100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining

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susannemoore:

Recognising those inspirational Changing Women in the mining industry.

Originally posted on Diversity Program Review Framework:

Jenny Knott - CEO Standard Bank Plc

Jenny Knott – CEO Standard Bank Plc

This publication, Sponsored by Standard Bank looks at “the significant and varied impact of women within the global mining industry. It is a celebration of the incredible talent that exists”, and will surely influence and inspire many others.
The mining industry knows that its future depends on attracting and retaining the right talent and mining companies understand that this means attracting women to fill roles withing their organisations to bring a gender balance that assists in promoting healthy workplaces and healthy mining communities.

Jenny Knott, Chief Executive Standard Bank Plc says in the forward,

“The fact remains, sadly that mining is still not a very gender diverse sector and it seems that the overall industry has not yet acted cohesively upon the many studies that demonstrate the correlation between gender diversity and improved company performance.” 

Proving a positive link between gender diversity…

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No Ms, Mrs or Miss

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Very often when I am filling out a form I am asked if my title is Mrs, Miss or Ms. I don’t like to put Ms because it carries the connotation of feminist which I don’t consider myself to be.

I am a person and don’t want to be labeled as anybodies anything. I want to be me. I just want to have Susanne Moore with no title because my name is my title. I am me.

I Respect These Female Heroes So Much More With Tiny Waists And Sparkly Dresses! LOL J/K.

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Paige Worthy Reblogged from Paige Worthy from Upworthy.com
“There’s a place for princesses, and there’s a place for real, seriously ass-kicking women who are standing up to the world’s problems. Example: The thing about Malala as a princess? She didn’t get locked in a tall tower or eat a poison apple — the Taliban shot her in the head. She doesn’t need a gown or a tiara to create her place in history, and we need to be teaching that to little girls.Still not sure what the artist is doing here? Scroll all the way down for a great quote about it straight from him.”
Not sure if this is the way to address the issue but potentially the artist has good intentions, its just that I have already seen these images replicated around the internet and in some cases the message is that these fabulous female role models are not actually attractive enough naturally and need the ‘Disney Princess Treatment’.

Claudia Paz y Paz – a Woman of Change

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Spotlighting Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala

April 8, 2013 Reblogged from the Nobel Women’s Initiative
Dr Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey

Dr Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey

Meet Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey - Guatemala’s first female Attorney General. She is a respected criminal law specialist and judge with over 18 years of experience and is also the founder of a human rights organization, the Institute for Comparative Criminal Studies of Guatemala (ICCPG).

Since being appointed to the Prosecutor’s office in December 2010, Paz y Paz has worked tirelessly to ensure perpetrators of mass human rights atrocities face accountability and justice for their crimes. Paz y Paz’s office built the case to order former President of Guatemala, Effrain Rios Montt, to trial for his crimes against humanity, including genocide and mass rapes from over 20 years ago. Her office has since put Rios Montt under house arrest.

Last year a court sentenced four soldiers to 6,060 years in prison for killing 201 people in the town of Dos Erres in 1982. It was the first-ever prosecution for a civil war era massacre. Since Paz y Paz has been the Attorney General, five of the 10 most wanted criminals in Guatemala have been caught. For her efforts to prosecute “criminals who previously thought themselves to be untouchable,” Paz y Paz faces threats to her safety.

Read more here.

- See more at: http://nobelwomensinitiative.org/2013/04/spotlighting-claudia-paz-y-paz-guatemala/?ref=176#sthash.OaNnqBeN.dpuf

 

Oh my god I’m even doing it!

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c. 1622-1625

c. 1622-1625 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday as I was driving home from the shops I saw a lady in her late 50′s walking in the street and she was wearing a black t-shirt type top with the back of it being like a black mesh material that you could see through.  It was a nice top and looked great from the front but when the lady turned around so I could see the back, I immediately thought, gosh, she shouldn’t be wearing that!  I thought it because I could see some rolls of fat through the mesh.  Not because she was fat, merely because as you get older you do carry more weight and your bra starts to cause a bulge and you generally have some bulge’s on your back just above the waist.  All normal stuff but not acceptable in the female form in contemporary society.

And then I caught myself!!!!!  What am I talking about?  What made me think this way?  Then I realised that even though I talk about women accepting their body shape and women’s equality all the time, I am still affected by what is expected as an acceptable female body shape.  Then I thought to myself, why shouldn’t this lady wear these clothes and proudly show off the body she has that has probably borne children and lived.

Perhaps that was what she was thinking too.  I hope so.