“Be bold for change!” That’s what International Women’s Day is asking us to do this year, and since I found out about this I’ve been pondering what exactly that means for me.
The IWD website gives many suggestions as to how Being Bold might be expressed, namely:
- I’ll challenge bias and inequality
- I’ll campaign against violence
- I’ll forge women’s advancement
- I’ll celebrate women’s achievement
- I’ll champion women’s education
Whilst all of these challenges resonate to an extent, ‘forging women’s advancment’ seems to offer me the biggest opportunity to be bold and actually get stuck in. But now that’s decided, the hard work truly begins – how can I be bold and impact to really make change happen and help women advance?
I’ve always felt blessed to have been born a woman, despite the ongoing challenge of dealing with fluctuating and frustrating hormones and the blatant sexism I experienced at the hands of a female (yes you read that right, female) boss.
These issues, along with all of the triumphs and challenges that life has thrown my way have shaped me into the slightly bonkers, but extremely fortunate woman I am today. They’ve given me enormous opportunity for growth and learning which I’ve thankfully grabbed with both hands, meaning I’m now, at the grand old age of 46, a huge repository of stuff that’s got to be helpful for other women to know and use.
Here in Kampot, I’ve discovered two amazing Social Enterprises, both run by women, that I’m in contact with to see how I might use my practical skills and knowledge to support them. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes, but in the meantime you can check out the work they’re doing below and maybe consider contributing something yourself to these fabulous women centric organisations.
Dorsu Clothing – the fabric these guys use is great, the cut of the garment simple and stylish and the finish brilliant and they do all of this whilst treating their workers fairly and creating a true team environment. What’s more, they also support a local school through the sales they make. Victoria and I both succumbed to making a purchase when she was here, I’m sure it won’t be my last. If you’re in the UK and want me to get anything for you (I’m back in June) just give me a shout, or if you can’t wait or are elsewhere in the world then checkout the online shop to get your fill.
Banteay Srey Project – this amazing project was set up by an Australian woman to empower young Cambodian women in challenging life situations. Phirum and I sampled the delights of the spa when we visited Kampot a few months back and we were suitably impressed. I’m actually heading to meet Freya today, may just treat myself to a pedicure and intend to make this place a regular haunt during my time here in Kampot.
When I was running my women’s wellbeing business, Renaissance4Women full time I ran a really successful programme called the Way of Life Plan, teaching intelligent women the secrets to long lasting health and vitality through the use of sensible nutrition, exercise and mindset protocols.
I’ve been contemplating rereleasing the online version of this programme for a while, but my chimp Norman has had quite a lot to say on the matter, most of his utterings included the word fraud and often ended with ‘no one will buy it anyway!’
But today I am putting Norman firmly in his box and I’m being bold for change on IWD 2017. The Way of Life Plan is a mine of really useful knowledge to help empower women to make healthful choices and so I am relaunching the online Way of Life Plan and throughout the month of March 2017 I’m offering it for the ridiculously low price of $25 (it previously sold for $60).
But that’s not all. $15 from each sale made during March will be split equally between the two fabulous female friendly enterprises mentioned in this article to support their work in the future.
So what are you waiting for? Be bold for change, commit to boost your wellbeing by signing up to the Way of Life Plan today and in the process support two amazing enterprises doing great work to provide secure futures for Cambodian women.
Here’s that link for you again: Way of Life Plan