How to Empower Women to Succeed and Thrive Globally

by | May 2, 2021 | Women Empowerment | 0 comments

Women History Month happening every March, this is the ideal time to talk about how we can empower women globally so we can make a global impact on our society. Study shows that when women succeed in business they are twice as likely to give back to positive causes creating a wider impact on our society.

Since centuries ago, women have always had it tougher, from inequalities in our society to gender biases at work and in the workplace. Much work has been done to change equality for women but there are still struggles that women face.

But girls and women continue to face significant challenges all around the world. Women are typically underrepresented in power and decision-making roles. They receive unequal pay for equal work, and they often face legal and other barriers that affect their opportunities at work.

If we truly want to achieve equality, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, and it needs to start with every one of us.

Gender discrimination is encoded into law in countries across the globe. These are just a few of the shocking examples still prevalent today:

  • 113 countries do not have laws to ensure equal pay for equal work among men and women
  • 104 countries make certain jobs off-limits for women.
  • 39 countries have laws that mean a daughter cannot inherit the same proportion of assets as a son.
  • 36 countries limit what wives can inherit from their husbands;
  • 29 countries restrict the hours women can work;
  • 18 countries allow men to prohibit their wives from working;
  • 17 countries limit when and how women can travel outside the home.

It is these antiquated laws that are holding women back from empowerment. On average, women around the world spend more than twice as many hours as men doing unpaid work and bearing the majority of the grunt of childcare.

During the pandemic, Women in particular have been negatively impacted. Women—especially women of color—are more likely to have been laid off or furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis, stalling their careers and jeopardizing their financial security. The pandemic has intensified challenges that women already faced. Working mothers have always worked a “double shift”—a full day of work, followed by hours spent caring for children and doing household labor. McKinsey

So what can we do to empower more women and move towards a more equitable society for all?

  • Empower Women to Succeed by Supporting Women-led businesses

During the pandemic, businesses have big hard hit, but women-led businesses have been impacted even more. As the schools shut down globally, and women had to bear the grunt of homeschooling and taking on the majority of the domestic work at home, women businesses have had to take a back seat. As much as women role has arisen in society, the reality is, women are still bearing the majority of home responsibilities. This means less time being spent on our careers and building our businesses, further setting us back financially.

  • Empower Women by Giving Her the Platform to Speak

Over centuries women have been told to keep quiet, to play small, to not be loud etc. Truth is, women are as ambitious, smart and valuable assets to any room, particularly in business. Women bring grace, exceptional emotional intelligence and a new perspective to any business conversation. The key is to have more women and diversity in the rooms, being part of those conversations where business deals are being made or opportunities shared. Invite women and particularly women of colour into those rooms.

  • Empower women by Being Allies

The old paradigm of women not being supportive of each other has long been dismantled, and as we move into the 21st century, I believe that women more than ever before are supportive of each other.

I have built my own business through the power of collaborations, by creating a safe and nurturing environment for women to come together and thrive.

By setting an example and leading my community with those values, of ‘Collaboration Over Competition’ I have been able to foster a truly dynamic, supportive and safe place for women to come together. As a result of our community and events, women now have powerful allies, cheerleaders and are able to grow and succeed in business.

Inspired by this article? Read ‘10 Female Leaders Disrupting Their Industries in 2021

“Empowered Women, Empower Women”

In summary, we can all do our part in women empowerment, and the more women we see taking power positions, succeeding in life and thriving, the more positive social impact we will see in the world.

Want to hear inspirational women stories and empower women in business?

Join us for a global impact event in March (20-31) called Women Thrive Summit, featuring 40+ international speakers, business owners and thought leaders from all walks of life. We will be talking about women empowerment, diversity, inclusion and how we can succeed and thrive in business. 

8 Ways to Ease Writer’s Block

By Dhara Singh, Storytelling and Niche Coach

Are you someone who has brilliant story ideas, but when the moment comes to sit down and write a post – your mind goes blank?

As a full time, storytelling coach and former journalist what if I told you this is completely normal even for someone who writes professionally. 

In fact, here are 8 strategies that have helped me ease writer’s block and find my footing again. 

  • Turn Your Copy Into A Letter

When perfectionism strikes and you find yourself forcing the professionalism in your writing – immediately stop. Take a step back and reframe your story as a letter you were writing to a friend. 

Or even better think of one of those Future Me letters where you write a letter to yourself in the future – what stories would you include?

  • Brain Dump 

Sometimes you need to forget the perfect grammar for a second and simply get words on a page. Sink deep into your inspiration zone and let the fingers loose on the keyboard. Write straight for 15-20 minutes then pause, take a deep breath and resume.

I remember once I wrote a top paper when I was younger by simply going to the library and cracking it out for 3 hours straight. I only tweaked the grammar and sentence structure after I was done. 

  • Dress Up 💄💃🏽

You heard that right. Sometimes you have to wear a comfortable flowy dress with some mascara to start feeling at ease. Wearing comfortable clothing has allowed me to write some of my best pieces!

  • Read a Book

Sometimes we’re so focused on creating a picture-perfect story that we forget why we even started in the first place. If you’re reading this then you’re likely a natural storyteller so makes sure to keep the fun and creativity alive.

One way to regain your creativity is to read someone else’s stories. They say great writers are great readers for a reason. As you immerse yourself in someone else’s storyline you may suddenly feel inspired to create a work of art as well. 

  • Call a Friend

You don’t realize it, but you already tell your friends stories all the time. Why not hop on the phone and exercise that storytelling muscle by telling your friend how your day was. As you chat back and forth, you’ll feel inspired to weave together details into your own written story.

  • Voice Record

A controversial yet honest take is that not all storytellers are great writers. You may be a great verbal storyteller. In this case, why not voice record your draft instead of writing it. Later use a service such as Otter to transcribe your story for you. 

The hard part is done!

  • Take A Shower

Sounds silly right? If you’re especially empathetic, refreshing yourself with a nice shower will not only ease your writer’s stress, but you’re more likely to get an inspired download or two. 

  • Pitch Yourself in a Networking Room

Close the notebook and word document for a minute. Instead, I want you to download the Clubhouse app and pitch yourself in a networking room.

Clubhouse is THE storytelling app. I nicknamed it that because there hasn’t been a single room I haven’t attended where someone didn’t share a personal story.

By being in the company of others bravely sharing their stories, you’ll also feel more inspired to finish yours. 

Not to mention by pitching your story in a 30 second elevator pitch you can build your confidence. 

At the end of the day, storytelling is supposed to bring you joy! It’s an opportunity to let your natural creative power flow. Once you’re having fun – that’s when the writer’s block fades away!

 

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