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A Woman Who ‘Breaks Glass Ceilings’

Happy International Women’s Day!

First of all, thank you #DolceVitaBloggers hosts Kelly (ItalianAtHeart), Jasmine (QuestaDolceVita) and Kristie (MammaPrada). This month’s #DolceVitaBloggers topic is “Inspirational Women”, in honor of International Women’s Day!
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 Rina Benedictos

Inspirational Women

Rina Benedictos lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. She is a dramatic soprano, character actor, host and TV presenter.  Moreover, she has spent the last ten years as a facilitator, mentor, and coach. She is also the creator of the “The Cinderella Challenge”. The challenge is to recognize women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.

Rina’s Story

U.N. Women

Rina worked as a teacher at the University of the Philippines. She earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Later on, she became involved in programs on social and economic empowerment. These programs helped women break the cycle of harassment and violence. 

Shining Light on Shadows

“2018 marks my 20th year as a Philippine-born educator. I was committed to shining light on shadows. In my home country, the biggest shadow is poverty. Teachers were bearers of the key to knowledge and education. Education is the solution to poverty.”

Shakti Gawain

Breaking Through Glass Ceilings

“Also, I 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. We cast light on these shadows. We ‘broke the glass ceiling’ through education, prevention, and elimination.”

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. This is 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 organisational 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:

  1. Post a photo on your most recent achievement on Instagram or Facebook.
  2. Tell us how you made a difference in people’s lives.
  3. Add #cinderellachallenge at the end of your post.
  4. Tag your favorite female achievers!Let us flood our social media with colorful stories of strong and resilient women! 

Bellissimamma Does The Cinderella Challenge

Do you want to develop your skills as a leader? Are you a multicultural woman who wants to break cultural barriers? Rina will be going to Siena, Italy in November 2018, so stay tuned for updates. 

Feeling inspired? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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Bespoke with Joy Leather Keychain Giveaway

Giveaway Alert!

First things first. To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, Bespoke with Joy and Bellissimamma are hosting a giveaway!

Since you have been a great supporter of my blog since its soft launch last February, I would like to say thank you! I am co-hosting this giveaway with grade school friend, Joy of Bespoke with Joy.

Now, are you excited to know what the prizes are?  We will be giving away three (3) handcrafted leather key chains! These keychains are perfect because Joy will engrave your three initials on the keychain, just for you!

This giveaway will run from March 5th until the  31st of 2018.


Meet Joy and Carmela:

Joy, the owner of Bespoke with Joy, is a talented young woman who uses her handcrafting skills to make beautiful leather, brass, copper, and clay pieces.

Carmela, the writer for Bellissimamma Blog, is a mother of two little boys. She writes about self-care for mothers, teaching literacy, and her family’s expat adventures in Italy. She is a Dolce Vita blogger for lovers of Italy and the founder of Mommaganda, a Facebook support group for mommy bloggers.


bespoke with joy leather keychains

Next, carefully read the Giveaway Rules:

  1. You must be a resident of the Philippines. If you win, the prize will be shipped free of charge to your Philippine address.
  2. You must have an Instagram account because you need to follow @bespokewithjoy and @thebellissimamma.
  3. This giveaway is powered by Rafflecopter. Click the link below to check out the giveaway.
  4. The winners will be announced on March 31 on The Bellissimamma’s Facebook Page.

Now, click this link to join the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Finally, check out Bespoke with Joy Products:

Joy makes customized leather products such as wallets, purses, bag tags, passport holders, ID tags, bracelets, pen holders, cord holders, sheaths, and more. She also makes beautiful brass jewelry. The possibilities are endless! Send her a direct message on Instagram (@bespokewithjoy) if you would like something made just for you.

Bespokewithjoy products

I hope you will support this awesome giveaway!

Baci e abbracci, 






Are you a coffee lover? Joy is also half of the Coffeemarsies, two sisters who discover the world of coffee together! Follow @coffeemarsies on Instagram!



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Check out my past giveaways: Crayolove Giveaway, Maybelline and His and Hersh Giveaway, Merry Milestones Giveaway

Are you interested in collaboration or sponsorship?