January 2015
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Are you already making the most of 2015? Whatever your endeavours do it with a passion. This year I'm organising things into manageable chunks. 
At this time of year I can’t help but to reflect on the past year, and according to US blogger Charlotte Alter, women have never had it so good. So why does she think this? She sums it up:

Think about it. Frozen, a sister-love story, became the highest-grossing animated film of all time. While performing songs from her 2013 surprise album, Beyonce quoted Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie’s thoughts on feminism in front of a live audience at this year’s VMAs. A 17 year-old girl became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Not taking away from Malala Yousafzai's victory, I’ve been introduced to so many more like this young girl who are passionate about their empowerment and development and have faced danger and honour based violence to continue their education.

Kakenya Ntaiya was once such girl who at twelve years old talked her father into letting her complete her education instead of marrying her off at 14. Kakenya’s father agreed to let her go to high school if she agreed to female mutilation (FGM).

Kakenya went on to study in America and returned home to work with village elders to build a school for girls in her community. By refusing to accept the continued oppression of women in her Maasai village, Kakenya has changed the lives of 125 other young girls – so far. Kakenya deserves an international award, I’m sure you agree.

2014 was characterized by loud, frustrating, and often unresolved discussions about violence against women and girls, child abuse from the top echelons of society, which reached an unprecedented volume.

We didn’t necessarily “win” any of these battles– and when it comes to debates over sexual assaults, domestic violence, and FGM coverage, it’s hard to know what “winning” looks like – but we fought them harder and louder than ever before using global platforms to promote events such as the Innocent Revolution, Protect The Girl Child, Every Woman Inspired Conference and 1 Billion Rising.

Abuse is still a word that most victims are dirtily ashamed of. Abuse is still a word that most people are in denial of. Abuse and rape of women and girls put most people out of their comfort zone.

Being out and about with our team of volunteers, leafleting and raising awareness of sexual and domestic abuse and the harmful cultural practices being carried out under our noses, we have seen first hand how denial is chosen over assistance.

It’s hard for a woman who has grown up witnessing her mother experience domestic abuse to then avoid it from her life unless she has the awareness of breaking the cycle and the greater awareness of self worth and knowledge of power and control.

We live in a society where celebrities who commit rape and abuse are believed over their victims because of the fame factor, where girls are influenced and groomed by a media that sexualise women. We can change this perceptiom. We must.


EWI &  the Phoenix Newspaper

Every Woman Inspired Conference, taking place 18th and 19th October 2015 has secured a  Media Partner this year in The Phoenix Newspaper. We want to thank Marcia McLaughlin, the managing editor for the support, and we look forward to a successful 2015 conference.

The Year of Abundance & Wealth
Book Launch

Mbeke Waseme tore herself away from beautiful country of Ghana where she now resides to visit us in the UK and launch her much anticipated book; Make the Changes, Feel the Joy. Make The Changes Feel The Joy is available on Amazon and is a must read for anyone thinking of moving to new country to begin a new life.

Rasheda ‘Ginger’ Ashanti Malcolm, Writer, Author, Radio Presenter, Creative Activist, CEO of WIN & Director of Every Woman Inspired Conference.
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