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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.