26 Oct

When All Women Are Equal

wds 2014 156085 years ago this month, on October 18, 1929, women in Canada officially became persons. There was still a long way to go however as women from certain ethnic groups were still not allowed to vote for many more years with aboriginal women being allowed to vote in 1960.

In Canada, we are our own persons. We do not belong to anyone. We can own property. We can attend school. We can make decisions. We can vote.

Many females around the world do not have any of these options.

In some countries, women may not be allowed to attend school or restricted from attending school due to tuition costs. There is a perceived lesser value in educating a girl child who will leave a family than a boy child who will stay.

In actuality, girls who receive education are more likely to marry later, not contract HIV, have more living children and empower others.

And education is only one area where women are unequal.

Around the world, women are persecuted and murdered for standing up for human rights, for stopping their would be rapists and attackers. For taking a stand against abusive husbands.

And, in some countries, women remain as non-person – without the right to vote, own property or have a say in their person.

This has to change!

I am not so naive as to believe this will ever happen on a global scale as there will always be those who seek to oppress others but I do believe we can become a global village where all men, women and children are equal and have access to education, health care, clean water, shelter.

To empower women is to educate, to inform and to raise up the status of women. Empowered women will, in turn, educate others including their children and future generations. By empowering women across the world, we move one step closer to equality.

15 Oct

The Need for Better Relations Between Countries

wds 2014 1539Hector Padillo from Mexico hit the nail on the head – better relations between countries is  a change in the world that benefits everyone.

Economically, better relationships lead to increased trade, reduced import and export fees and more free enterprise. Entrepreneurs can more easily scale businesses and expand globally.

It is also vital that both government and citizens of each country work together to educate each other and build international relationships. Many problems faced by one country are also problems in another.  We can learn from following the lead of another country or by learning from their errors.

We can also join forces with other countries in a joint effort to solve issues. to prevent wars, provide disaster relief, solve famine, hunger and water shortages and conquer other world issues.

Our world is increasingly becoming a global world and each person a global citizen. Better relations between countries will foster this growth as the internet age makes working, living and playing internationally more possible.

07 Oct

The Importance of Asking Why

On the eve of the Art of Entrepreneurship, it seems fitting to talk about Chris Guillebeau’s answer to What is the Change You Want to See in the World. Chris’s answer “More People Asking Why” is an answer I would like to see occur as well.

wds 2014 1570When we ask why, we open up possibilities and have an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of why and how things happen. We open our hearts and our minds.

Asking why has led to a lot of learning and, in process, an abundance of knowledge on a variety of issues. Asking why has also helped me work better as I understand the processes that must take place prior to my involvement. It is not enough to simply know what you do as having a thorough understanding of the entire process will help you streamline processes and work together as a team, even when the team may consist of different groups of people and/or businesses.

Let’s go one step further and ask “Why Not?”

As an entrepreneur, I have often asked myself this question. Why not start my own business? Why not attend an event where I know no one? Why not start asking complete strangers to write on a board?

In essence, we are asking what could happen if we take a chance and step outside our comfort zone and take a risk. What is the worst that could happen? What are the consequences? Why are we afraid?

The bottom line is simple. We need to ask questions every day and challenge ourselves. It is not enough to simply act without thought; to exist but not live.