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The Most Dangerous Country in the World for Women is India

Women are not safe at work, in public, and at home

Mark Twain once said, “India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” It’s ironic how fondly he is referring to India as a female persona, yet today India is known for being the most dangerous county in the world for women – according to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation survey. Government data shows that there are four cases of rape reported every hour in India. This fact leads me to the quote by Melanne Verveer, “No country can get ahead when it leaves half of its people behind.

Although India has the world’s largest functioning democracy, gender equality is far worse there, than it is in countries where we would expect it to be atrocious, like Afghanistan where we see women facing insurgent violence, widespread physical and sexual abuse by state forces and honor killings. You would think that Afghanistan is the least favorable place for a woman to live. It is worse in India. Indian women are far more likely to be:

  • enslaved as sex workers
  • forced into debt bondage
  • subjected to high rates of domestic violence
  • female infanticide
  • economic discrimination

 

Violence Towards Women is Unprecedented

The inclusion of economic discrimination as a form of violence is a huge underlying reason why women are mistreated in so many ways. Although women compromise 70% of the world’s poor, it is not always thought of as an act of violence. However, many manifestations of violence against women can be traced back to poverty, such as the tradition of forced marriages by family seeking to alleviate debt, the sale of female children into sex slavery and maternal mortality rates associated with lack of access to healthcare. Women are shown utter disregard and disrespect by men and are expected to keep quiet about any mistreatment, as a code of family honor.

The dirty secret about men’s crass abuse of power through sexual violence against women has hit the global press. We have all seen the protests in India against the grotesque rapes of toddlers, the gang rape of eight-year-olds, and of young women protesting human trafficking. Rightly so, a majority of the women in India do not feel safe alone on the streets, at work, in markets, or at home, even though they have learned how to cope with existential anxiety. Women are forced to survive by not going outside after dark without permission, censor their speech, cover their bodies with layers of clothing so they don’t “provoke” the attention of men, and avoid looking eye to eye with men.

 

Who is Helping Women?

Many social enterprises like my own company, World For Good, aim to elevate human rights in India. My company primarily focuses on anti-human trafficking in the forms of sex trafficking and modern-day slavery. We partner with nonprofit centers in India that provide fair wage opportunities for women who do not have good options to support themselves and that are at risk or are survivors of poverty, trafficking and slavery. The marginalized women are taught sewing skills, given free counseling and health checks and they also get help opening a bank account. For every handmade fabric bag World For Good sells, we are able to invest over half of the profit back into the nonprofit centers to buy more inventory, which pays the maker’s wages. People all over the US buy our fabric bags because they believe in the promise of what our brand will do for the women of India and their children.

There are many other social enterprises with the same business model that are working diligently to give the impoverished community a means to support themselves, but COVID-19 has hit our makers and our companies hard. Selling products has come to a halt, which means that the nonprofit centers are barely able to support the people they are trying to help because we are no longer able to buy inventory from them. When their income goes away, their safety goes with it because the survivors could possibly be forced back into the dire situation they escaped from.

You would never guess that India was one of the richest countries until the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Women’s rights have been disintegrating ever since. Until the heads of state in India understand that no democracy is a democracy when half of the population lives in fear, they have no way of building back into a strong, sustainable and resilient country.


Jennifer Moreau Chick
Jennifer Moreau Chick

As the Founder and CEO of World For Good, Jennifer Moreau-Chick helps readers learn about how to elevate social and environmental sustainability in the business community so companies can differentiate themselves from their competitors. She has been featured in Conscious Company Magazine as a leader in social impact, in Conscious Magazine and has worked as a Marketing Director for 3 certified B Corporations for the past four years. Visit her blog here.

 

 

 

 

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Find your Enneagram type by the face mask you wear

woman with bandana and heart glasses

Have you heard of the Enneagram – maybe on a podcast or in the breakroom? Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people conceptualize the world and manage their emotions. The model is split into nine different personality types based on how you see the world. Our world today is filled with covered faces, which makes it difficult to “read” people and gauge their emotional reaction to you. It’s like texting but in person.

To make your life easier, we have used the 9 Enneagram personality types to identify people by using just their face mask. If you don’t have time to go through the full Enneagram questionnaire to determine what type you are, just look at the face mask you wear.

  1. The Reformer

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The rational, idealistic type:

  • Principled
  • Purposeful
  • Self-controlled
  • Perfectionistic

Although Ones have a strong sense of purpose, they also typically feel that they have to justify their actions to themselves, and often to others as well. Ones believe that being strict with themselves (and eventually becoming “perfect”) will justify them in their own eyes and in the eyes of others.

You’ll find Enneagram One’s wearing a compliant mask that is made by a real manufacturer and will ensure that their partner has the same.

 

  1. The Helper

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The caring, interpersonal type:

  • Demonstrative
  • Generous
  • People-pleasing
  • Possessive

Being generous and going out of their way for others makes Twos feel that theirs is the richest, most meaningful way to live. The love and concern they feel—and the genuine good they do—warms their hearts and makes them feel worthwhile.

You’ll find Enneagram Two’s wearing a handmade mask that they have created themselves or one that a friend made for them.

 

  1. The Achiever

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The success-oriented, pragmatic type:

  • Adaptive
  • Excelling
  • Driven
  • image-conscious

Threes are diplomatic and poised but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness.

You’ll find Enneagram Three’s wearing a mask that resembles something heroic, like a flag, or an image of a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.

 

  1. The Individualist

(Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

The sensitive, withdrawn type:

  • Expressive
  • Dramatic
  • Self-absorbed
  • Temperamental

Fours often see themselves as uniquely talented, possessing special, one-of-a-kind gifts, but also as uniquely disadvantaged or flawed. More than any other type, Fours are acutely aware of and focused on their personal differences and deficiencies.

You’ll find Enneagram Four’s wearing a profoundly creative mask that expresses the personal and the universal and will possibly be a work of art.

 

  1. The Investigator

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The intense, cerebral type:

  • Perceptive
  • Innovative
  • Secretive
  • Isolated

Knowledge, understanding, and insight are thus highly valued by Fives because their identity is built around “having ideas” and being someone who has something unusual and insightful to say. For this reason, Fives are not interested in exploring what is already familiar and well-established; rather, their attention is drawn to the unusual, the overlooked, the secret, the occult, the bizarre, the fantastic, the “unthinkable.”

You’ll find Enneagram Five’s wearing masks that make it easy for them to hide away from society so they can be preoccupied with their own thoughts.

 

  1. The Loyalist

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The committed, security-oriented type:

  • Engaging
  • Responsible
  • Anxious
  • Suspicious

Sixes tend to fear to make important decisions, although, at the same time, they resist having anyone else make decisions for them. They want to avoid being controlled, but are also afraid of taking responsibility in a way that might put them “in the line of fire.”

You’ll find Enneagram Six’s wearing a mask that is similar to the majority of others but with their own creative spin on the color or design.

 

  1. The Enthusiast

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The busy, fun-loving type:

  • Spontaneous
  • Versatile
  • Distractible
  • Scattered

You’ll find this person wearing a mask that is practical, yet playful. Not overpriced, but well made. Sevens are frequently endowed with quick, agile minds, and can be exceptionally fast learners. This is true both of their ability to absorb information (language, facts, and procedures) and their ability to learn new manual skills—they tend to have excellent mind-body coordination, and manual dexterity (typewriting, piano playing, tennis). All of this can combine to make a Seven into the quintessential “Renaissance person.”

You’ll find Enneagram 7’s wearing a no-nonsense, easy to find, paper mask with a bit of flair.

 

  1. The Challenger

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The powerful, dominating type:

  • Self-confident
  • Decisive
  • Willful
  • Confrontational

Eights have enormous willpower and vitality, and they feel most alive when they are exercising these capacities in the world. They use their abundant energy to effect changes in their environment—to “leave their mark” on it—but also to keep the environment, and especially other people, from hurting them and those they care about

You’ll find Enneagram 8’s wearing a custom-made, fully functioning respirator mask.

 

  1. The Peacemaker

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The easy-going, self-effacing type:

  • Receptive
  • Reassuring
  • Agreeable
  • Complacent

More than any other type, Nines demonstrate the tendency to run away from the paradoxes and tensions of life by attempting to transcend them or by seeking to find simple and painless solutions to their problems.

You’ll find an Enneagram 9’s wearing a fully compliant N95 respirator mask.

 


As the Founder and CEO of World For Good, Jennifer Moreau-Chick helps readers learn about how to elevate social and environmental sustainability in the business community so companies can differentiate themselves from their competitors. She has been featured in Conscious Company Magazine as a leader in social impact and has worked as a Marketing Director for 3 certified B Corporations for the past four years. Visit her blog here.

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6 Amazing Gift Ideas for a COVID-free Mother’s Day

Happy Mothers Day Card with Magnolias

Can I get a head nod or a “YASSS” from every mom that has found herself doing the jobs of teacher, chef, nurse, IT department, as well as being the mommy for the past two months during the stay at home order? And don’t forget that you have a full-time job that you are barely hanging onto because your employment hinges on whether your employer is approved the for PPP loan. That’s a lot of plates in the air. It’s not easy, but us moms get the job done. Miraculously all homework gets finished, bellies are full and there are enough clean socks for tomorrow. Mother’s Day couldn’t have come at a better time. Mom’s everywhere have been running full throttle during COVID-19 and it’s time to slow down, if only for a day.

We’ve come up with some ideas that will help moms forget about the pandemic for a little while. If you are a mom, share this article with your family. Give them some ideas on how you can take all the hats off of your head and revert back to only being mom.

Photo by Derick McKinney on Unsplash

  1. Virtual Tours
    Grab an iPad or laptop and get cozy. Spend a few hours taking virtual tours of places that you have always wanted to see. Choose from museums like The Louvre or the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take a tour of a zoo or aquarium like the Atlanta Zoo or the National Aquarium or check out the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. If you want more excitement, you can take a tour of SeaWorld Orland or Disney. Just google “virtual tours” and see what pops up.
  2. Commitment Free Tattoos
    Do you have a love of art? Lift your spirits by creating commitment-free tattoos. Creating art stimulates your creative side and gives you a space where you can use colors to describe your mood. You can make a washable tattoo with liquid or pencil eyeliner and hairspray to waterproof it. You can also order a henna kit online that includes stencils and henna paste.
  3. Listen to the World Around You
    Be present and listen. There are so many roles that moms are playing right now, and it seems almost impossible to do everything and be everything for everyone. This is your time to slow down and notice all the wonderful behind-the-scenes activity going on around you. Things like the hum from the refrigerator, the leaves shaking, an engine knocking or a squirrel eating an acorn. Keep a list of all the sounds you hear.
  4. Wear What You Want
    Give yourself permission to wear whatever you want today. Stay in your pajamas, try on your partners clothes or wear that fancy dress in the back of your closet. What feels good on you?
  5. Dance All Day
    Now, more than ever, we need to tap into the joy that dancing brings us. Keep the music going all day and sporadically break into crazy dance moves that make you laugh. Laughter eliminates stress and lifts your spirits. If dancing isn’t your thing, go ahead and do something calmer like yoga.
  6. Online Cooking Class
    Try an online cooking class. It doesn’t matter what level or how much experience you have. You can even get everyone in the house involved in this one. One person collects the ingredients, one person preps the food, one person mixes, etc. You can find some good cooking classes online for around $10.

 


As the Founder and CEO of World For Good, Jennifer Moreau-Chick helps readers learn about how to elevate social and environmental sustainability in the business community so companies can differentiate themselves from their competitors. She has been featured in Conscious Company Magazine as a leader in social impact and has worked as a Marketing Director for 3 certified B Corporations for the past four years. Visit her blog here.