Happy international women's day to all the women across the globe. Like all other holidays, we must not only celebrate women today, but everyday. Women the world over continue to provide valuable contributions despite marginalization in many areas.
Below I am providing links to some organizations and/or initiatives focusing on women entrepreneurs in post conflict countries:
Founder for Women for Women International, Zainab Salbi and I
"Rebuilding Nations Women Entrepreneurs in Post-Conflict Societies: Why women entrepreneurs are crucial for rebuilding post-conflict economies" by the International Finance Corporation.
Supporting Enterprise Development in Post-Conflict Environments - Blog by United States Agency for International Development
Women Entrepreneurs: The Key to Economic Development by The Women's Conference
International Women's Day - check this site out for more information on what is going on around the world
Saving the World's Women by NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF and SHERYL WuDUNN (August 19, 2009) for The New York Times.
Women for Women International is doing great work all over the world
Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) is also doing great work in Afghanistan and Rwanda
I could go on and on, but with this post I just wanted to emphasize that women in post conflict countries play an especially critical role in rebuilding their homes, communities and countries at large. As such, it is essential that they get the support they need. Please support in any way you can. Your help will go a long way.
Women are making headways in microfinance, but I still question where women entrepreneurs in the small and medium enterprise space are? What about major corporations (both in post conflict and peaceful countries)? Even though strides are being made, there is still a lot to do. Women, our challenge is to do more and be more, not only in politics and business, but all sectors of society.