A do-over

Yes, Globe & Mail, International Women’s Day still matters

for IWD 2013

Waking up this morning and reading thoughtful posts and tweets celebrating International Women’s Day, I cheerily planned to go through photos and choose one of inspiring women activists to send out my wishes. Then I saw a tweet from the Globe & Mail asking: “Does International Women’s Day matter anymore?”

I know the question was posted to engage readers (which they were called on), but it made me mad.

And it got me thinking about recent news on women’s rights here in Canada and around the world. (more…)

The real people behind the cause

women labourers, Bagan, Burma

One of the first challenges in communications for nonprofits is how to relay the often complex issues organizations are dealing with. But in talking about these issues, the key is figuring out how to tell stories that will engage audiences and help them relate to situations outside their usual space. (more…)

What I learned about women’s rights working in Asia

This week I was excited to have a guest post featured on We Talk Women, about my experience working in women’s rights. I first connected to cofounder Kavita when I saw her tweets on a special event she was organizing in Toronto for International Women’s Day, as part of Women for Women International‘s “Join Me on the Bridge“. (more…)

The false sense of “knowing” a country as an international traveler

When people asked what I did in Thailand, after realizing I was not a tourist, I was astonished how many times they responded with surprise that women’s rights were even an issue in the country. “Well I thought women in Thailand had it pretty good,” they would say, nodding their heads to smiling waitresses nearby or women preparing dishes at roadside food stalls. “They have jobs and look happy.”

Perhaps these beach tourists took the “Thailand- Land of Smiles” promotional signs at immigration to heart, burying their heads, along with their toes, in the sand. (more…)

Make mine a double (double)

Bustling floating market outside of Bangkok

In talking about social change, across cultures and borders, we often get stuck on rules. The “either”/ “or” rule”. The “Yes, but…” barrier. And social enterprise seems to get boxed up too. Non-profit driven or for-profit inclusive? Mission-focused or corporate creative?

Social enterprise seems to be pushed to choose sides. It gets confusing and complicated. So, I like to think of it like this: Social enterprises understand that profit and social change are not mutually exclusive; you can generate income by selling a product or service in the marketplace and create positive social, environmental or cultural impact.


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