Thai Politician Paetongtarn Shinawatra Leads Mothers in Politics

By Tanya Maswaure

Pregnancy is not an Impediment to Achieving Your Dreams.

For several years, women worldwide have been relegated to the backseat in several sectors, especially in modern politics, and as time progressed, women moved more into the working / professional field. A few adjustments to the male-dominated workforce had to be made to accommodate these hard-working women. Most early systems in policies were created to favour men and often did not consider women and their needs in the workplace. Sadly, the inclusion of women is a battle still being fought to date, yet women have not let this delay or deter them. In fact, some leaders lead by example and show the world that they can do it despite several obstacles. One such leader is Paetongtarn Shinawatra.

USAID Announces GROW Initiative to Help Women Face Threats From Climate Change, Food Crisis

Generating Resilience and Opportunities for Women (GROW) is an emerging program from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that addresses the urgent problems women face in the food and water systems, including climate change while permitting them to advance economically. This program will ultimately benefit their families, communities, and societies through increased food security, resilience, and economic growth.

New care entrepreneurship programme to boost women’s economic empowerment in the Asia-Pacific

The Gender-Inclusive Care Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Program (GICEEP) has been launched in the Asia-Pacific region, to help women turn the persistent and disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work into business opportunities and pathways towards full economic participation. Women-led business and women-benefitting enterprises in the care economy are encouraged to apply and join a 10-month business acceleration programme.

The programme is funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Visa Foundation, and implemented in partnership with Bopinc, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the Swiss Association For Entrepreneurship In Emerging Markets (SAFEEM) and will be working with governments, investors, employers and other support organizations.

Queen Latifah Promotes Black Women in Filmmaking Through The Queen Collective Initiative

When the American singer and actress Queen Latifah first debuted with her distinctive two-octave vocal range in 1989’s ‘All Hail the Queen’, she was already focused on tackling issues around inclusion. The timeless duet with Monie Love, “Ladies First,” emphasized the value of women in society and has remained a representation of female emancipation. With her Queen Collective initiative, created in collaboration with Procter & Gamble, Flavor Unit Entertainment, and Tribeca Studios, the New Jersey native continues to practice what she has been preaching nearly four decades later.

UN Women helps buyers find women suppliers online in South Africa

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day calls for the inclusion of women in technology and innovation and to ensure that technological progress promotes gender equality. In South Africa, UN Women is leveraging technology to connect buyers of good and services with women suppliers. “Buy from women! That is our appeal to those who hold the procurement purse in public and private institutions,” says Ayanda Mvimbi, Programmes Specialist at UN Women’s South Africa Multi-Country Office. Buy From Women is also the name of the online platform that, in its current phase, has reached over 6,000 women entrepreneurs in several industries across the nine South African provinces.