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Today as the world celebrates the International Women's Day (IWD), professional women in Canada should look in a new direction and venture into other terrians, far away from the glamourous cities, sky-strippers, mansions, pen-houses, condos, villas, exquisite cuisines and diners, cruise ships and sunspot vacation destinations.  Their involvement with semi-professional entities abroad would foster social growth, innnovation and creativity and bring hope to many who wish for a better, freer, fair and equitable society as Canada.

Statistically, Canadian women are the leaders of Canada’s corporate and business industry, holding more CEOs positions than their male counterparts. They have outstanding industry experience in business, marketing, advertising and public relations to name just a few. But, perhaps what they don’t have is that drive to venture outside of the environmental bubble they have so accustomed and idealized.

For instance, many would agreed that the challenges facing women in Africa are enormous, diverse, and in some case structured around laws, beliefs, religions, traditions and customs that are difficult to manage and thus may frustrate a project’s goals and objectives. Aside, a cost effective tool for launching any sustainable projects will be to fully engage the local population and their communities directly and to some extend their kinsmen in the diaspora but also keeping in mind the political, socio-economic, cultural and environmental underpinnings of these societies. Indeed, a progressive diaspora can be of great asset to many of these communities across Africa.

Come April 2011, I will supplement this piece of information with some materials and data which may be useful for establishing links and partnerships with organizations that are involved in sustainable projects within Africa’s oldest republic, Liberia.

And on this note, I wish to encourage all professional women in Toronto and other cities across Canada to get involve and take action to support women initiatives across the frontiers as women in most traditional societies are underprivileged due to the lack of infrastructures; likewise, many of those residing in urban areas lack socio-economic empowerment and living on the margin.


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