In Solidarity With Women, For Women

In Solidarity With Women, For Women

Today, December 10, we observe Human Rights Day, marking the 67th anniversary since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the end of the UN's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. It is a solemn reminder that individuals across the globe are still being robbed of their basic human rights including those of life, liberty and security, especially during times of war and conflict.

Women are hit especially hard in regions of ongoing conflict. Before, during and after conflict, women bear the brunt of the consequences of war. They are left as the providers and guardians, responsible for rebuilding their country one family at a time. Yet, they are often the most vulnerable casualties of war and conflict.

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Be Inspired: Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel, born 1883 in France, was a timeless fashion icon and legendary designer who emphasized understated elegance through her clothing.  Chanel’s innovative designs coupled with her boyish figure, short cropped hair, and tanned skin created a distinct and new type of beauty that the world came to accept and embrace.  This made Chanel the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the 20th century. 

I am inspired by Chanel because her revolutionary look and her clear defiance of the ideal woman of her time liberated women from constraints of popular fashion ideals. It is for this reason Chanel has been placed on our influential woman list.

Be Inspired: Christine Lagarde

Head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde has become a prominent figure within international finance and a force to reckoned with. As a woman within a male dominated sector, Laguarde has utilised her platform to express her views on woman in work.  Although Largarde continues to encourage woman to take more leading roles within companies, her views on progressive change is what inspires me the most. She believes you can only make progress if a movement is inclusive and brings together men and women alike, a viewpoint I strongly agree with. Change isn’t about the battle of the sexes, it’s about creating equality for both men and woman in all aspects of life. Thanks for the reminder Ms. Laguarde.

Can women have it all?

"You might be president of PepsiCo. You might be on the board of directors. But when you enter this house, you're the wife, you're the daughter, you're the daughter-in-law, you're the mother. You're all of that. Nobody else can take that place. So leave that damned crown in the garage. And don't bring it into the house." Can women have it all?