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Message from Tanya Priske, Executive Director

July 2017

Striving for a Sustainable Future

Tanya Priske

Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to building strong economies, achieving internationally agreed upon goals for development and sustainability, and improving the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. 

Social empowerment is to develop a sense of autonomy and self-confidence; to act individually and collectively to change social relationships and the institutions that exclude people with economic challenges, and keep them in poverty.   

The Centre applauds the work of many organizations in our local communities and beyond that strive to decrease barriers and increase opportunities for women to participate in building a sustainable future.

Dress for Success, a worldwide not-for-profit organization, states on their website that poverty often affects women the most, and the impact can be long-lasting.   Dress for Success recognizes the significant role women play in economic development as the ‘smart thing to do,’ as well as being socially and morally right.   This month’s BizBeat profile is on the Halifax Chapter of Dress for Success and The Social Boutique.

The YWCA of Halifax is an organization committed to advocating for better policies to advance women’s equality by providing a strong voice, and empowering women to be independent thinkers and agents of change. 

The Women’s Economic Equality (WEE) Society's goal is to ensure women of diverse backgrounds are included in community-based Economic Development (CED) in Nova Scotia.  They create programs and services to support women as they develop new skills, build assets, and take their places in workforce.

Achieving women’s economic empowerment requires sound public policies, a long-term commitment and gender-specific perspectives that must be integrated at the design stage of of policy and programming.  Since it was created in 1977, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women brings the concerns and aspirations of women to the provincial government making sure that issues affecting the lives of Nova Scotia women become part of the government’s plan.

WBE Canada helps to reduce the barriers leading to the under-representation of women-led business in the supply chains of Canadian corporations.  They also foster supplier development of these women-led businesses better equipping them to respond to corporate supplier needs.  Their impact is felt nation-wide, and we have been fortunate in our area to have their support on the ground through advisories and skills development opportunities.

In 2013, Elizabeth Vasquez and Andrew Sherman published a guide entitled, “Buying for Impact:  How to buy from women and change the world.”Through case studies and research, readers are able to learn applicable practices concerning ways to decrease barriers, and increase opportunities for women’s economic participation and foster women’s successful entrepreneurship for a more sustainable future.    'Women’s economic empowerment' is a common phrase linked to WEConnect International who work tirelessly around the world to encourage the participation of women in global supply chains.  Together with WBENC and Walmart, they are bringing consumer recognition to products made by women.  The purchase of products bearing the Women Owned logo [womenownedlogo.com] helps increase sales and, in turn, helps women-owned businesses grow.  omen Owned businesses

How do we at the Centre fit into this picture?  I remember many years ago a client saying to me, after taking a business growth program: “I thought I knew what I didn’t know.”Her words have never left me.  Moving forward as Executive Director, I knew we needed to help more women business owners – to provide the information you need to run your business better.  Just because you are the President, doesn’t mean you have all of the answers.  Our team understands how empowering knowledge can be, and we are here to fill those gaps:  through our business advisories, workshops, programs and connections to organizations that also want to empower you and your business.

Remember, when women support each other, incredible things happen! 

Until next time.

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