Take an Empowering Trip as a Solo Female Traveler

Is there anything more liberating than embarking on a great adventure? ‘Out Of Office’ on, bag packed up and a whole world of opportunities waiting ahead for you. Some adventures are best taken alone — if you’re looking to challenge yourself, to meet new people, perhaps even fall in love, you stand a much greater chance of self-development if you hit the road solo. It’s fair, though, if you are nervous about taking a trip without the support of a friend or partner. Especially as a female, it … [Read more...]

Five Tips On Becoming A Better Citizen

Even though this may be a question that many people do not stop and ask themselves these days, it is something that many do implement in day to day life. Being a good citizen is a priority for most people of all ages, regardless of where they live. Being tolerant of people in your community is essential. Being a good citizen will mean you feel like you have given something back to your community, and also provide a good example for future generations. In other words, they set the tone when it … [Read more...]

Six Health, Wellness, and Safety Tips for Female Solo Travelers

Many people would avoid the idea of traveling alone, but those who take the chance often discover that solo travel is a wonderful way to see the world, make new friends, and discover more about yourself in the process. Traveling on your own allows you to make memories, build your character, and face your fears. However, that isn’t to say that traveling alone is risk-free. Here are some health and safety tips to help you stay safe and well on your solo adventure. 1. Use the Right Protective … [Read more...]

Three Reasons There’s no Time like the Present to get Fit for Fall

Summer is sadly over, and your vacation might seem like a long time ago, but there’s no reason to let your health and fitness regime slip by the wayside this fall. As the nights draw in, your mental and physical states are also affected. Increased levels of fatigue, a lack of vitamin D and long hours in the office combined with increased social events are all factors that can have a big impact on your mood. Not to mention the increased temptation from Christmas goodies and baked goods, to test … [Read more...]

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (ILO-WED) programme has been empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries and supporting them in starting and growing their businesses since the mid-2000s. The programme works with service providers promoting entrepreneurship development (financial, non-financial, public, private, associative, freelance etc.) and builds their capacity to better support women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. It also works towards creating a … [Read more...]

Tracy Redies – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this award winning Canadian that has reached above most in the corporate world among women and has thrived, leading in a world traditionally worked by men. As a leader among women, one of her passions dictates that improving the prospects of young women in Canada, namely 'education, financial literacy, internships, and business leadership.' This four time recipient of WXN's Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ Award is … [Read more...]

“Every woman is beautiful.”

"In A Celebration of Womankind Worldwide I would like to share with all of you this beautiful story close to my heart, as it often occurs to my mind that we do need to celebrate and honor women in all spheres of life every single day!" ~ Meetika Srivastava A little boy asked his mother, “Why are you crying?” “Because I’m a woman”, she told him. “I don’t understand”, he said. His mum just hugged him and said, “And you never will’’. Later the little boy asked his father, “Why … [Read more...]

Gender Matters – To Me and To Development

G-SPOTS Preetha Prabhakaran says: If asked to pick on one single moment or event in my life that has been influenced by my gender, I would find it an impossible task. This is because gender has worked like an invisible force, underlining my actions and behaviours for as long as I can remember. It claimed me at birth, like a second mother, and it has lived with me ever since. It has been a constant voice in my head, shaping my sense-of-self and moulding my capabilities, limitations, … [Read more...]

VERONICA, Forgive and Release

Forgive and Release "Often through life there is a tendency to carry the vibrational baggage of past moments. It is the intention to go through the baggage to remove things no longer necessary to the journey. However, this often is not the case. Past indiscretions, arguments, decisions, etc., can often fill your perspective so fully that it becomes difficult to be in the present moment. Being in a physical life was meant to have movement. Standing still … [Read more...]

INSPIRATIONAL WINDOW – Yin & Yang

"What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.” Susan Sontag. … [Read more...]

Misogyny – ‘Women, Religion and the Devil Incarnate’ @ Michelle Zobel

    Misogyny      Women, Religion and the Devil Incarnate   This essay by Michelle Zobel for the course Mysticism and Magic in Medieval and Renaissance Italy was selected from the Director's List of Best Papers at Richmond in Florence, Spring semester, 2009. Its focus is on the subordinate status of women in the past and the religious motivations for this treatment in the Jewish and the Christian traditions.   'When analyzing the texts and development of the Jewish and Christian … [Read more...]

‘Cultural Tradition’ is No Excuse for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

'Cultural Tradition' is No Excuse for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talking about the progress toward ending female genital mutilation/cutting. WASHINGTON, D. C. --- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that there is no cultural justification for female genital cutting, a practice that is sometimes referred to as female circumcision. Secretary Clinton says governments and non-governmental … [Read more...]

Misogyny – ‘Women, Religion and the Devil Incarnate’ @ Michelle Zobel

    Misogyny      Women, Religion and the Devil Incarnate   This essay by Michelle Zobel for the course Mysticism and Magic in Medieval and Renaissance Italy was selected from the Director's List of Best Papers at Richmond in Florence, Spring semester, 2009. Its focus is on the subordinate status of women in the past and the religious motivations for this treatment in the Jewish and the Christian traditions.   'When analyzing the texts and development of the Jewish and Christian … [Read more...]

INDIA: Mizoram, women need treatment ~ Addiction, HIV/AIDS, Take Action!

North east India: Recognizing female injecting drug users August 2011 - Twenty-two year old Chawngmawii from Mizoram state, north east India left home when she was sixteen. Having suffered abuse while growing up, she started living on the streets and became addicted to injecting drugs. Chawngmawii turned to sex work to support her drug habit and was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. With the help of a local organisation, Chawngmawii started visiting a centre that catered … [Read more...]

IWHC, Stories of Youth Advocacy‏

  To round out the United Nations International Year of Youth we are highlighting the stories of youth health and rights advocates from around the world on our blog Akimbo for the next few weeks. In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 64/134 proclaiming the year commencing 12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth. The resolution calls upon governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local … [Read more...]

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