Originally posted by Sarah Gerrity on CIPE’s Development Blog on March 1, 2012.
Men are from Mars, women are from Venus – we’ve all heard that before. It’s no secret that the men and women are treated differently, but when it comes down to the heart of the matter, women are just as capable of success, if not more so, than their galactic counterparts.
With International Women’s Day fast approaching, CIPE is highlighting ways to help the movement for women’s empowerment. CIPE’s programs approach women’s empowerment through institutional reform, economic and political empowerment, and working with partner organizations to look beyond financial assistance – by helping women build leadership and business skills, CIPE focuses on preparing women for participation, whether they’re running a business, advocating legislative reforms, or simply making the world a better place for taking care of their families.
While women everywhere may not have the political voice or the economic and educational opportunities they need to strengthen their societies , women all over the world who do have those capabilities are working to change this. The centuries-old struggle for women’s empowerment continues.
Enter social media. Aside from providing a vehicle for communication more accessible than their founders could have ever imagined, Facebook and Twitter have created fast-track modems for democratic reform and social entrepreneurship. Twitter itself levels anyone who participates: powerful heads of states are meant to be just as visible as the blogger next door. And, let’s be honest – Twitter is the fastest news source out there.
Women, social media, and democratic development have come a long way in the past few years, and social media assumes a naturally powerful role in the case for women’s empowerment. After all, more than half of adult women in the U.S. participate in social media, and the rise of women in the developed world elevates the voices to create a better place for everyone – especially the women that need and deserve it.
Stay tuned with @CIPEGlobal over the next week to learn more about what CIPE’s doing to empower women.
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