Let’s first greet all the amazing females around the world in celebration of International Women’s Day. Now please read on…
Ignorant and antagonistic memes aside, Patricia Arquette’s Oscar’s speech is but a minor indicator of the inequalities that bar women from living the life they deserve. This is why it is so heartwarming to see how women around the globe are refusing to remain chained by the unfairness that clutch at them. It is doubly inspiring to see it happening at such a purposeful, focused, and comprehensive magnitude in the Philippines through the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women, or simply, GREAT Women.
GREAT Women was founded in 2006 through a partnership between the Philippine Commission on Women and the Canadian International Development Agency. It is described as “a governance and capacity development project that aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in micro-enterprises”. The group has grown to include organizations from both the public and private sectors.
Last Thursday, March 5, WhiteHat Copy attended a conference called Future Talks and learned a great deal about the GREAT Women ICT Platform. To put it simply, this program brings together women’s groups through an online network that will enable them to develop and exchange ideas, share business opportunities, learn from and mentor one another–basically, it’s women helping women. And according to ECHOSi Foundation President Jeannie Javelosa, the program’s long-term direction is”to invite women under industry and professional groupings, and to offer services”. The half-day event featured inspiring women, all at the top of their game, making their case on gender equality, sustainable development, women and tech, even from an ASEAN perspective. Even more exciting is the cause that united them. We will be looking closely into how the GREAT Women ICT platform works out as this is, quite plainly, a pressing need especially in the Philippine countryside’s conflict areas where choices and opportunities for women are rapidly shrinking. For more information, please visit the official GREAT Women project Facebook page. Special thanks to Women in Tech PH for the invite. Til next time!