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International Women's Day

What does it mean to be a woman? This International Women’s Day, let’s explore this year theme of #EachforEqual

In my opinion, being a women means doing what you love and not letting anyone stop you.

 

Founder of Charlye & Co. International Women's Day

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Why women empowerment? People always ask me. In the last hundred years, women rights have improved drastically. During the 1930s, my grandaunts were deprived of basic education. Today, I am a university student entrepreneur.

 

So why women empowerment? It is because we still have a long way to go. World Economic Forum estimates that it would take 100 years on average to achieve gender equality-- and it is not equal everywhere. In Asia, it will take 163 years to achieve this.

 

Narrowing the gender inequality will benefit countries worldwide. For instance, a report by McKinsey Global Institute states that increasing gender equality in Singapore's workforce could add S$26 billion to the country's GDP by 2025.

 

On a personal level, lives of women will improve too. Even in Singapore where gender equality is relatively better, I have seen too many times girls and women deprived of opportunities: mothers having to leave their jobs to raise children, young girls leaving STEM and sports due to lack of support and more. As a young girl, I have been at times told taking up sports would make me more masculine, and being a female CEO is a tough dream. During my high school or junior college days, I took up football, a sport where there is hardly any female supporters or players. I have friends and strangers tell me that I cannot play well because "girls are just not as good at sports as boys". In university, I was enrolled in a science degree where I occasionally hear people commenting "the boys are much better than girls at science." As a young entrepreneur, I have noticed that I am mostly surrounded by male entrepreneurs.

 

That is why Charlye & Co. is about inspiring and empowering young girls. I have seen too many times of girls stop pursuing their dream due to the lack of confidence. I have heard too many times of girls feeling insecure due to their outer appearance. I want girls to learn to love themselves and grow themselves into confidence women.

 

So as to why women empowerment, I just want to play a part in ending gender inequality, hoping that my actions can someday cause a ripple.

 

To all young girls reading this, go forth and do what you want to do.

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