The other morning, I was reading through this year's edition of WEF's Gender Gap Report. The gap is widening. It is not surprising. The past year has been rough for many. While it has given some a chance to rest, to install new habits and reflect on life, it has also been hectic for those doing home schooling and working from home, falling ill and losing loved ones, not to mention the loss of work and financial stress. Covid-19 is not the only cause of change, there is also the acceleration of AI, introduction of new technology, increase of fake news and rise of mental health issues and the list goes on.


More Awareness

I think most of you will agree that there is finally an awareness around women, the feminine, equality and inclusion. The media talks about it, institutions research it, there are statistics and stories and women are speaking up. Men are too. Feminine consciousness is on the rise. I experience it, I see it and I feel it every day. I celebrate it.


AND

As with so many matters these days, there is another development – regression. The widening gender gap, increasing cases of domestic violence, loss of women’s jobs and rise in poverty - the list goes on.


Staying alert.

The rise of the feminine across the planet is not solely about an inner awakening. It is also about taking a stand for what we want, protecting what you hold dear - and doing so together.


We must never take gender equality for granted. The rights we have gained can also be taken away. Look at Afghanistan or even Turkey in the recent days. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan and his government just abandoned an international accord designed to protect women. The accord sought to prevent, prosecute and eliminate domestic violence.*


How do we stay vigilant?


The way to do it is to always to take a stand for what we believe in. That is the WIN way.


When we started this work advancing women and empowering the feminine we followed a dream, a small opening, an inspiration to be expanded. One of WIN’s founding pillars is Possibility. It means that we look for what is possible, create opportunities for women to learn to find opportunities. We look for the openings to go FOR rather than against and to overcome obstacles in your way. Sometimes that requires you to find courage.


It asks us to dare to dream and be all we can be, do all that is needed to be done to make that a reality.


It is about generosity. It is also about trust. We trust that we will discover new things, new ways, new solutions, that they are there - and we know that what we discover will create us anew.


So when WEF presents the Gender Gap report and when I see the numbers, I do think it is not so strange.


That is not my only thought.


I am also thinking, come on ladies and gentlemen!


If we don’t take a stand and inspire more people to deeply value generosity, caring, SHARING and everything feminine, instead of greed and hyper competition, the gender gap will only continue to widen.


The work of transforming mindsets, systems, and ways is monumental.


Still we ask, does it have to be?


We start small, asking ourselves, what do I really value? Then we stand for it.


Because, we are powerful, and more so together.


Let's support each other.


If you don’t know how, how about by supporting WIN?


I believe in miracles and in a future in which we all blossom. We can expand with your participation.


Join me in inspiring the world and expanding the way. The world needs you and me, it needs us now.


Sources: WEF Gender Gap Report, BBC


I love this time of the year, when Spring is here and the new is emerging here in the Northern Hemisphere. Over the past few years, I have paid more attention to the seasons, trying to relax in the winter and re-start in the Spring. There is already a different vibe than just a few weeks ago, and there really is something to 'Spring cleaning'.


I have had such an urge these past few days to clean up, sort out old things and create some emptiness for something new to emerge and find its way.


WIN moved out of the office just a few months ago and here I am doing another round of sorting and creating new order. It can be a bit tedious and there is certainly an exercise in patience and resilience exercise to it. Letting things go can be sad and at the same time, so needed and satisfying.


Last week, I hosted a group of high-level women leaders for a conversation about leading the way into the future. What was so apparent was that we can no longer accept any illusions. It is time to get real, to face uncomfortable truths, to say no to unacceptable things and also to find joy and celebrate every little victory. Every moment matters, let’s treasure life.


And together, let's get real. We know that there is a gap between the world we want and the one we live in, and we empower each other to be all that we can be and to do all that we can do to bridge that gap and be more than we can ever imagine. How about that? This may start by identifying relationships that no longer serve or cleaning up a messy inbox. We set boundaries, and we re-generate our lives and our relationship with the planet.


As I say each time we meet at WIN, you are a shining star. Remember that. You are a shining star.


And in the philosophy of WIN, we are all part of a constellation of shining stars who inspire the future. We even grow and learn from each other by seeing ourselves in the reflection of another. We focus on our own radiance and attract others to join us. This is networking in the feminine way - receiving, creating ripples, radiating resonance fields. When we are whole and together, we create total magic.


So let’s reveal more and more of our brilliance through a proper spring cleaning and re-set.

Lately I have been thinking back to the many WIN leadership development experiences we have had and what a journey it has been. For over 20 years, we have grown our movement and impacted thousands of women and the organizations they are a part of around the world. In 2020, so many of the pioneering topics that are presented at WIN and important to us all became more normal.


Women are rising up and companies are putting purpose, sustainability and gender balance on the top of the agenda. Companies are integrating the SDG’s and these topics have entered the mainstream.


And still, we know there is work to do and reasons to stay vigilant, continue to innovate and prepare for the future. Likewise, our focus on what we do and who we are becoming as part of an uplifting and inspiring community make life so much more meaningful. To create a future that benefits all, we need to be together. Our creative and heart-based approach is a treasure. It is worth taking a stand for.


I believe that this community is made up of so many powerful women and men and that we can be more independent than we have been. While it is super interesting to work alongside the leading progressive companies that support us, we also see them come and go, making it more difficult for us to expand as an organization in a sustainable way.


Someone once told me that knowing WIN is here is a stabilizing force for her. In an unstable world, we need some stability in order to grow our community and our impact across the planet.


This is why we are re-launching the WIN membership after a few years, so that we can continue to expand our community and our impact across the planet.


As a member, you not only benefit from a series of amazing leadership webinars, you also support women around the world at the same time. WIN has a number of projects for young girls in Kenya, in Cameroon and in India to name a few, and part of your membership goes towards these. Over the years, thousand and thousands of women and girl’s lives have benefited from our community's contributions.


This is a just one of many concrete way we can change the world and create the generosity economy we talked about at so many meetings over the years. And even if you have no time for the webinars, simply sustaining WIN is a good thing too. Remember, it is a treasure.

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