This year the theme of International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge to remind us that we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day and everyday!
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th and is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally. It is also a day to call action towards achieving gender equality.
“A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge.” – IWD 2021
Did you know that 49% of Many Rivers supported businesses are female owned? This is significantly above the national average of 35% of small businesses being female owned. Additionally, Many Rivers staff members 50% are female.
We’re going to take today as an opportunity to celebrate some Many Rivers supported businesses that are female owned and have achieved outstanding outcomes over the past year.
Morgan, Open Hands Creative, Perth WA
In recognition of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in 2020, Google.org shared the stories of four amazing women entrepreneurs across the Asia Pacific region, including Many Rivers client, Morgan in Perth WA. Her business, Open Hands Creative is an art experience business that offers creative, eco-friendly workshops, immersive events, and community connection. Morgan strongly believes in bringing like-minded people together and forming an open community that gives back to our planet. The article recognises that Morgan has navigated the COVID-19 crisis with strength and creativity. Read it here.
Julie, All Ability Yoga, Newcastle NSW
Next, we would like you to meet Julie, small business owner of All Ability Yoga based in Newcastle NSW. Julie’s classes cater to everyone of all abilities, but she has a particular focus on those with mental health challenges and brain injuries. She saw a gap where there wasn’t much going on for people with anxiety, depression, brain injuries or disabilities and moving their bodies effectively. That is how she created the idea for a yoga class for people of all abilities. Now she teach gentle movement and breathwork to support people to overcome challenges they are facing.
Serena, Grassroots Mentoring and Leadership, Darwin NT
Last but not least, we need to give a shout out to Serena. She is the owner of Grassroots Mentoring and Leadership program and supports at-risk-youth in Darwin NT. Serena, with support from her Many Rivers business coach Kat, was recognised and funded by Territory Families. This is a massive achieved because they usually only fund large organisations. She was also interviewed by the ABC recently in recognition for the life changing work she is providing youth. Late last year, Serena was nominated for three Northern Territory Human Rights awards and won ‘The Fitzgerald Justice Award’ for her work in youth justice.
Women Supporting Women
Many River proudly has all female teams consisting of a female small business owner working with a female business coach and female mentor. Many Rivers client Clare, started her business with support from her business coach Tania. As she grew her business, her Many Rivers mentor Zin, supported her to stay and thrive in business.
“Clare’s business is Dragon Treasure Designs and she makes handmade jewellery. I looked at her cashflows and it was already quite streamlined. This was from the work she did with Tania, her Many Rivers business coach, in the early stages. It was more of her business development, expansion and growth that I supported her with” – Zin, Many Rivers mentor, Newcastle NSW
We look forward to working with these clients as their business journey continues into 2021 and beyond.
Are you ready to take the first steps towards making your business idea a reality? Our Many Rivers business coaches will be with you every step of the road, not matter where your journey takes you.