International Women’s Day is Coming Up: Supporting Women in Business

- February 28, 2013 2 MIN READ

I truly believe that if we empower women and give them opportunities to become who they want to be, we will empower communities, nations and shape a better world. Therefore, I always try to encourage men and women to consider supporting another woman in business, whenever they can. As International Women’s Day is approaching, I wanted to share 3 easy ways with you to get your started on making a difference today! Pick one, two or more, I can guarantee you’ll love the outcome and you’ll enjoy the ride!

1.     Mentor a fellow woman in business

Surrounding yourself with wise and more experienced people can help you grow. In return of course you should assist and help those who reach out to you for help. There is always another woman out there who can benefit from your uniqueness and experience and vice versa. Mentoring a fellow woman entrepreneur has the potential to really make a difference in someone’s life. And that’s the greatest feeling in the world!

2.     Inspire women starting out in business

Don’t be afraid to share your passion and personal journey with the world! There are many ways to share your expertise and experience, for example by writing a blog post, or a speaking engagement. Becoming a guest speaker for a function will help you develop new skills, boost your self-esteem and give you greater self-worth too.

3.     Invest in another woman today

Studies have shown that women invest 90% of their earnings back into the health, education and well-being of their families, compared with 30-40% for men. Microfinance is a new way of investing that the UN has stated to be the best tool we have to fight against poverty. You can help women living in poverty to achieve financial independence, self esteem and confidence through funding and supporting the creation of their own small business.

This International Women’s Day, the Australian National Committee for UN Women is focusing on the theme of ending violence against women and so is Women as Entrepreneurs. We have partnered up with It’s a girl production team in order to honor International Women’s Day with a screening of a controversial documentary about the cruelty of gendercide. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion in Sydney and Melbourne in late March.