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“Malian Women Create Beauty and Profit Through Local Fabrics” via @Africa_com #hwhtw @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Love this article on Malian women fashion entrepreneurs!  Some highlights:

“Hand-dyeing bazin can be labour-intensive for the women who produce it. First they import the fabric — mostly cotton, but sometimes silk or wool — from Germany, the Netherlands or China. Then they cut it to standard sizes. Next they knot tissues tightly into parts of the fabric so that those parts remain undyed when the cloth is dipped into buckets of pigment and fixative. When the fabric emerges it bears coloured spirals, rings or patterns.

“Maureen Gosling, a U.S. filmmaker, is collaborating with Maxine Downs, an anthropologist, to produce a film on bazin called Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Colour and Culture. According to Ms. Downs, they want to show how “self-empowered African women turned their artistic creativity and resourcefulness into a force for alleviating their own poverty.”

“Ms. Downs visited Mali several times to meet some of the women in the burgeoning industry. “When I went to Mali, I was shocked by the women’s resilience, their ability to create something out of nothing,” she told Africa Renewal.”

Read the full article: http://www.africa.com/blog/blog,malian_women_create_beauty_and_profit_through_local_fabrics,667.html

May 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

“The Third Billion” #hwhtw

The Third Billion

As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.

by DeAnne Aguirre and Karim Sabbagh

A huge and fast-growing group of people are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, as producers, consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. This group’s impact on the global economy will be at least as significant as that of China and India’s billion-plus populations. But its members have not yet attracted the level of attention they deserve.

If China and India each represent 1 billion emerging participants in the global marketplace, then this “third billion” is made up of women, in both developing and industrialized nations, whose economic lives have previously been stunted, underleveraged, or suppressed…

Read the full article: http://www.strategy-business.com/article/10211?gko=98895

December 5, 2011 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

“China leads the way to get women into technology” #hwhtw

Check out this blog post from the FT’s “Women at the Top Blog” on women in technology: 
“[A] US study… proved what we all knew to be the case: despite the fact that jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics attract up to 33 per cent higher salaries than those in other industries, women still are not choosing them… But this is a peculiarly western picture: in Asia and China, girls are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics at first and second degree level and using that expertise in the workplace.”
 
Read the full article:http://blogs.ft.com/women-at-the-top/2011/09/07/china-leads-the-way-to-get-women-into-technology/#axzz1XIRRd5lY

October 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

The untapped potential of women in Asia: $40 billion

Last week U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer gave the keynote speech at the Annual Summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women.  Among other amazing facts, Ambassador Verveer cited a massive amount of pent-up prosperity embodied in Asian women:

“Let me give you a macro-example of what the economic empowerment of women could mean, as if you didn’t know: it is calculated that the Asia-Pacific region is shortchanged in excess of $40 billion a year in GDP because of the untapped potential of women.”

Two more striking quotes from the speech:

“As World Bank president Robert Zoellick says, and I quote him endlessly all over the world, ‘Gender Equality Means Smart Economics.'”

“An article in the Economist noted the following: ‘Forget China, forget India, forget the Internet, it’s women who drive GDP.'”

To read the full text of the speech: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2010/150137.htm

More on the Global Banking Alliance for Women: http://www.gbaforwomen.org/

October 31, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer Travels to India and China

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will travel to India from September 11-15 and China September 16-18, 2010.  Ambassador Verveer will meet with various self-help groups, businesswomen and NGOs working on human rights and women’s empowerment issues, as well as continue her work on the advancement of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on Women’s Empowerment and follow up on the last US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on women and development.

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/09/146983.htm

September 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm 1 comment


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