United Nations has identified that there are massive disparities among people based on gender in terms of opportunities, resources, services, decision making, power and influence. This is due to the systematic discrimination against women and girls in every society. The patriarchy nature of most developing countries enables men to dominate women and this continues to negatively impact on the participation of women in leadership and governance.
(UNESCO) research estimates that women make more than 2/3rds of the world’s 796 million adult population without basic literary rights. UNESCO also firmly believes that all forms of discrimination based on gender inequality lead to intersecting forms of abuse and that violence experienced by women and girls is a violation of women’s human rights. This is significant barrier to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Due to gender inequality, most women experience economic inequality when compared to men which means that women are more likely to experience poverty. Other contributing factors are the amount of time women spend on household chores and caring responsibilities which attract no pay which can lead to poverty amongst women. It is therefore imperative that women’s economic equality is increased in order to reduce poverty among them.
This increase can be achieved by supporting every woman to have access to decent work which will create wealth, empowerment and improvement in their livelihood. This support is vital for fulfilling women’s rights and for increasing their participation at every level of development and governance.
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Supporting every woman in this way will alleviate poverty among women and afford them the ability to create sustainable income. Hence the creation of Women in Creative Enterprise (WICE), a ‘Not For Profit’ organisation that champions gender equality and works towards promoting economic empowerment of every woman through creative arts. WICE believes that women and men must enjoy equal opportunities, choices, capabilities, power and knowledge as equal citizens.
We also believe that gender disparities must be tackled and that this can also be tackled through the promotion of creative arts and the development of entrepreneurial skills.
WICE encourages women to explore and showcase their creativity in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment.
WICE organise seminars, workshops and networking events, signpost women to other relevant agencies and offer entrepreneurial skills training to those who choose to turn their creativity into an enterprise. WICE offers 1:1 mentoring, guidance and coaching to women and girls and engage experienced industry experts involved in all areas of creative enterprise. WICE aims to also promote women’s cultural identity and enrich lives through arts and culture by organising and engaging women in cultural events.
WICE is passionate about inclusion. WICE recognise the benefits of cultural diversity and involve women in local, national and international arts and culture events to promote uniqueness, encourage networking, collaboration, reduce loneliness and showcase individual talent and skills within our wider communities. To work together and push for progress, so there is less reliance on govt/hand outs by women of colour.
We are dedicated to a journey of self-confidence and continue to have discussions which address personal growth and progress for all women, especially women of colour.
No Poverty; Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity…Women are more likely to live in poverty than men due to unequal access to paid work, education and property…contribute to end poverty in all forms and dimensions…’
Gender Equality; ‘empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and helps drive up economic growth and development across the board…an end to discrimination against women and girls everywhere…encouraging women leaders will help strengthen policies and legislation for greater gender equality
Decent Work And Economic Growth; ‘…Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation…achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women…’
Reduced Inequalities; to empower the bottom percentile of income earners, and promote economic inclusion of all regardless of sex, race or ethnicity.