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Happy International Women’s Day!
Rina Benedictos: An Inspirational Woman
Rina created the “The Cinderella Challenge” to recognize women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. She has spent the last ten years mentoring and coaching women. Now she lives in Australia with her husband and daughter.
Rina was a professor at the University of the Philippines, where she also earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. During her tenure at the university, she got involved in programs on social and economic empowerment. These programs helped women break the cycle of harassment and violence.
Shining Light on Shadows
Rina says, “2018 marks my 20th year as an educator. I am committed to shining light on shadows. In my home country, the biggest shadow is poverty. As a teacher, I was a bearer of the key to knowledge and education. Education is the solution to poverty.”
Breaking Through Glass Ceilings
Rina grew up in a patriarchal Filipino society. Gender stereotypes prevailed. Gender role divisions reigned. Furthermore, there were gender inequalities. Gender inequality exists in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Gender-based harassment and violence were evil shadows. Her mission is to cast light on these shadows. Through education, prevention, and elimination, we can break the glass ceilings.
Breaking Through The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’
“2018 marks the milestone for me as an Australian. I am a migrant woman of Asian background. This time, I need to ‘break through the bamboo ceiling’. I face the three-dimensional issues of sexism, classism, and racism. They are a barrier to my social and economic goals.
Multicultural women are underrepresented in leadership positions. They are migrant women from Asian and other non-European backgrounds. Migrant women are at a double disadvantage compared to migrant men and native-born women.
Leadership in Australia is gender-based. Australia is limited without diverse leaders. As a result, we are not making the most out of our multiculturalism. We need to harness the rich and diverse talent in our society. If we do this, then we are not missing out.
I am passionate about developing multicultural women. I do this by honing their leadership skills. Moreover, I encourage cultural change. Most of all, we want to have organizational and management practices that value diversity.”
Do you want to join the Cinderella Challenge?
It is not about fitting into glass slippers. It is about breaking the glass ceiling.
Cinderella, here’s what you need to do:
- Post a photo on your most recent achievement on Instagram or Facebook.
- Tell us how you made a difference in people’s lives.
- Add #cinderellachallenge at the end of your post.
- Tag your favorite female achievers! Let us flood our social media with colorful stories of strong and resilient women!
Who has been an inspiration to you? Share your story in the comments!
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