The Access we often fail to discuss and activate.

Leonora Le Saldo
Posted December 14, 2019 from Trinidad and Tobago

Access! We hear the term being used all the time especially when it comes to working with women. The question is do women have access? And how do women who have access make room for other women who do not have access? Many women continue to be downtrodden and oppressed and women must understand the notion of access and that notion ought to become active in all our lives. As women, we have a right to access resources which will enable us to have opportunities to advance. Most times we talk about access to other people to help us acquire something or we speak about access to things but rarely do we speak about access to financial resources.

In reality, many women recoil when the words 'finances or money' is brought up for discussion. We need financial access to engage in advocacy, acquire an education, develop and maintain a business, to travel, to purchase personal items, to access the internet, to purchase a mobile device and to maintain our health and well-being.

Access to financial resources is a key component in the process of empowering women and being emancipated from poverty, oppression and slavery. Without access to financial resources women are hindered from advancing experience various challenges even with maintaining employment, accessing adequate health care is limited and the options of becoming entrepreneurs are significantly reduced. Financial access alone will not solve all the challenges which women face but it will provide support for them to advance. Gaining financial and business skills are important for self-sufficiency and progress.

The question is how many of our sisters are willing to engage in discussions around financial access and be honest about it? How many would say "I am struggling as a result of lack" and how many of our sisters would open the doors for more of their sisters to walk through and advance. In a world which is driven by education, empowering women and girls in this area will change the life dynamics for many women and open possibilities for women to become entrepreneurs.

#IStandWithHer

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Lisbeth
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

Dear Aunty Leonora,
We all have missed you a while :-). Hope you are doing great and having an amazing Sunday.

Woman should be a Access, woman should be skills, woman should be finances and woman should be entrepreneur.

I also stand with her and for her. #istandwithher
I hope you have a great weekend and take care
Warm regards

Marie Abanga
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Dear aunty L,

I love this post because it pushes us to do more, say more, be more. We can't just stop at getting our own access and well wishing others well.
When we keep talking and writing, and doing, we will inevitably be the access for many others, or trigger several chain reactions facilitating such access.
light and love

lizzymark
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Thank you for charging and motivating us by this post not to give up but to do more of what we do in our little Conner.

Anita Shrestha
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing this amazing piece

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Hello, dear Leonora,

Welcome back! How are you doing? Like Lisbeth said, we missed you!

You certainly raised thought-provoking questions, and these are important ones to consider. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I agree that women need access that has always been available to men. We Stand with you!

leila Kigha
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

Good point about access to financial resources and being open and honest to talk about it.
Thank you for sharing

Beth Lacey
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

I agree. We must all help each other.

Usha K.C.
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Dear Leonora,
I totally agree with your view. Yes, Access to financial resources is a key component in the process of empowering women and being emancipated from poverty, oppression and slavery.
You have raised such a vital issue with your strong thoughts.
thank you for sharing. keep sharing.

with love

Adanna
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Dear Leonora,
Nice one and thank you for sharing!
Indeed, empowering more women with education will change the dynamics and open up possibilities for more women to become entrepreneurs.

Love,
Adanna

Paulina Nayra
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

I love your questions Leonora and I raise both hands. I always believe that women should have access to financial resources. That we women have to be financially independent and can become a vehicle for other women to be able to support themselves and their families financially and contribute to the community.
Let's continue the conversation along this line Leonora. I'm in this tribe.

Huggs.