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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…)

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…)

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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