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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
I'm a 28 year old mother of a 10 month old daughter. I work full time and have just taken up a new management position in a women's organisation (YWCA). I am passionate about women's rights and campaigning and am lucky to be able to work in this field. I have an undergraduate degree in European Law and now a post graduate qualification in youth and community development. I am particulalry interested in empowerment, campaigning, and training of young women and in international women's human rights and campaigning.
My other interests include handball, swimming, singing, reading, socialising and of course my wonderful little family.

My Areas of Expertise:
training young women in advocacy, advice and guidance for young women, setting up projects and support groups for young women

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Terry's picture

Social Enterprise for Young Women.

Hi Ruthi,

Thank you for accepting my request to be your friend. I will be honored to learn from you and share with you what we are doing. You mention that you are trying to set up a social enterprise for a group of young women and would like some useful tips. This may depend a lot on what the young women do, if they're working or where they live....i would like to get more information on the target group and what you would like to achieve or rather the purpose for the group. Here in Kenya we have various women groups that are set up with a view of raising the income level. This is very common both among women of all walks of life, be they middle class, upper class or living in the slums. Women come together in groups and agree on a certain amount of money to be contributed monthly, then after a certain period of time, they decide to either give small loans with a very minimum interest rate or give a certain amount of money monthly in turns (we call it merry go round. I don't know if you have it in your country. This really helps women to be financially independent and it also empowers them to run their own business and grow their income, and many have risen out of poverty and even own their own property. This can either be through the initiative of an organization while others are started by women with a common factor of either where they live, or the church they go to, etc.

When we ran the bicycle taxi races, we specifically targeted men and had only a few women participating as it is basically thought of as a man thing. They did not need to contribute anything they only had to be in the business for them to benefit. It would be good to hear more from you on who you are targeting among young women, whether they're financially stable or what objectives you might be having in mind towards it, then this can shed more light and i would then be able to give you a few ideas on what i think.

I hope this helps.

Thanks again.

Terry

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Jocelynbrazil's picture

Welcome to World Pulse!!!

Ruthie,
Welcome to this wonderful global community. I, too, am interested in advocacy and counseling for young women. I have an undergraduate degree in dance and cultural studies, but I have done a lot of work with young women using dance as a venue to get in touch with body issues and heighten body awareness. I would like this eventually to lead me to a place where dance can be a tool used in counseling groups to discuss sexual education with teenage girls.
I was excited to read about what you have studied and what your areas of interest/expertise are in since it is a direction I envision going. Let me know if you have any feedback or book recommendations regarding advocacy for young women.
Warmly,
Jocelyn

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