This year, the theme for International Women's Day was #EachforEqual and in response, BusinessWorld shared the insights of various women leaders. ACF's CEO Pearl Tiwari shared her thoughts on the role of women and her experiences at ACF as part of the article:
"In our experience of working with thousands of rural women across India, we've seen that the aspirations of women are really growing and coming to the fore. The more opportunities women are given the more they grab those opportunities and run with them.
Securing women's 'participation' is the key and provides the necessary launching pad for women to build networks, learn, earn and grow. We've seen that women who participate in SHGs or livelihood opportunities build confidence and the necessary skills that elevate them as community leaders - either formally (as Sarpanches, Ward Members and the like) or informally (as change-makers in their community) - tackling social issues and influencing others to get involved.
Traditionally, the saying goes that 'women are the weaker sex' but really they are much, much stronger! If given the chance, they can juggle so many of life's complications - be it work, family, society - often in a far greater capacity than men."
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