Not since Arlie Russell Hochschild laid out the lives of women who worked inside and outside the home in her 1989, jaw-droppingly astute book, The Second Shift, has someone so clearly articulated the machinations that have held back women from leadership, and what we can do about it.
Jaipur Rugs Foundation Implements RPL, giving nearly 5,000 Indian weavers a brighter future
There are millions of skilled artisans in India, most of whom live in rural areas of every state. The overwhelming majority of these talented individuals can only dream of formal training as they generally receive informal instruction from village mentors or family from one generation to the next. This transfer of knowledge and skills over hundreds of years, in and of itself, is amazing to witness. But there is a downside.
At Pfizer, we are proud to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 5: Gender Equality. Equality across genders is fundamental to advancing all 17 of the SDGs, which in turn is connected to advancing global health.
This year and every year, Pfizer harnesses the power of partnerships with various organizations to help empower and mobilize women in need.
Highlights from the International Women’s Day Forum
Gender equality benefits everyone. The evidence is abundantly clear that women’s empowerment alleviates poverty, creates jobs, boosts education levels, promotes agricultural productivity, and reduces hunger, among a myriad of other positive outcomes.
The adage, “behind every great man, there is a great woman,” has officially — and irretrievably — been relegated to the history books. In its place comes the understanding that behind every woman is a powerful and growing network of women who have, and are helping to, pave the way.
When I joined Ceres more than a decade ago, I was privileged to experience firsthand the power of working under a female CEO and a gender-balanced leadership team. Today, even as the organization has quintupled in size, Ceres maintains this gender parity.
Global Health Corporate Champions in Kigali Collaborate to Communicate
For more than a decade, Health Development Initiative (HDI), a local health organization located on the outskirts of Kigali, has attended to the critical and often taboo health needs of underrepresented Rwandans including the poor and LGBTQ communities. In Rwanda, participating in sexual activity as a youth, a sex worker, or a homosexual – HDI’s target healthcare recipients – is either illegal or so heavily stigmatized that it can destroy lives and fracture communities. Therefore, seeking – and providing – care for these individuals can be a risky endeavor.
The host mothers I’ve had on most of my 17 buildOn Trek experiences have been my age. These women are typically nearing 30 years old, already have several children, and are always leading lives vastly different than my own. In Kanari, Nepal, my host mother, Priyanka, was younger than me, with two girls ages seven and five. She had gone to school for a few years as a child, but married in her teens and had been a farmer most of her life.
It was hard to imagine what sort of impact my first trip to India would have on me, a 16 year-old high school student from the United States. I traveled there earlier this year with a team from PYXERA Global, a Washington DC-based nonprofit, to visit development projects in the northern region of the country. Over the course of eight days, we visited the hectic city of Mumbai, rural farms and villages at the height of the dry season near Udaipur, the historic and exotic city of Jaipur, and the country’s bustling capital, New Delhi.
PYXERA Global facilitates Global Pro Bono programs that empower women with tools and resources so they can overcome barriers and participate fully in society. Women’s empowerment is a process that seeks to bridge the inequalities between men and women—strengthening women’s ability to make choices about their own lives. Women and girls are critical to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and PYXERA Global’s goal of improving lives and livelihoods.