Posts in Category: International Women's Day

Unlocking Capital, Unlocking Opportunity 

07-Mar-2018 Categories: International Women's Day Mali
Unlocking Capital, Unlocking Opportunity By Carybeth Reddy and Aichata Mohamed Sako In Mali’s capital of Bamako, Diallo Hawa Traore runs a soap company, one of the first in the city to sell gabakourouni, a special... read more

The Time is Now to Dismantle Systems that Hold Women Back 

06-Mar-2018 Categories: International Women's Day
The Time is Now to Dismantle Systems that Hold Women Back The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives" By Tom Miller, President and CEO This ... read more

Let Women Show You Who They Are, and Change Will Happen 

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Tarana Amini, the human resources manager for IESC’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises Program in Kabul. We discussed how she started her career, what it’s like to work in Afghanistan as a woman, and how she sees the future of women’s equality in Afghanistan.

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Irrigation Technician by Day, Inventor by Night: Maryam’s Story 

07-Mar-2017 Categories: Blog International Women's Day Tanzania

Maryam is a very talented, focused, and determined young woman, all of which are required for any entrepreneur to be successful. But as a woman in a developing country and a Muslim-majority region, Maryam faces additional hurdles.

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Narcisa Bautista, the Legacy of a Woman Who Knocked Down Walls 

by Riamny Méndez Narcisa Bautista recalls that in 1981 when she began working as a secretary at a produce export business in La Vega, Dominican Republic, there were no women in charge of such export... read more

Workforce Development for Women in Nigeria Requires a Cultural Shift 

05-Mar-2017 Categories: Gender International Women's Day

Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, with a GDP of more than $500 billion, and yet women face systemic challenges which prevent their participation in the economy. 

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When Women Help Women, Entrepreneurs Thrive 

04-Mar-2017 Categories: International Women's Day Mali Sri Lanka

Women in West African cultures—some of which are historically matrilineal—hold positions of respect and strength. As the providers of shelter, food, wisdom, and comfort, they have often been called to firmly hold their communities together in the face of conflict and strife. It is not uncommon for women to turn to entrepreneurship—often at a very young age—to support their immediate and extended families. 

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Powered by Chocolate, Women Drive Community Change  

The smell of chocolate in the air is heady, even a bit distracting, as I sit down to talk with about 10 women who run Chocolala and Chocal, two factories in the northern Altamira region of Dominican Republic. 

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Be Bold for Change 

02-Mar-2017 Categories: Afghanistan International Women's Day

We are committed to growing strong resilient economies that can withstand tumult and crises, be it disease, natural disaster, political instability, or armed conflict. To do that, you must have the participation of half of the world’s people.

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Saluting Unsung Champions, This International Women's Day and Beyond 

08-Mar-2016 Categories: Afghanistan International Women's Day

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #Pledge for Parity. At IESC, we know that no community, no society, no nation can truly prosper when half the population is cut out of the equation.

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