It is difficult for me as a journalist to see important stories go untold. But perhaps more important, as a woman of color, I am pained when the powerful stories of incredible women and minorities are not brought to light’. Amisha Padnani

The International Womens day 2018 saw a number of phenomenal women being featured in news articles. It is a privilege to come behind the trailblazers who fought battles as pioneers that many of us will not have to. We celebrate all trailblazers, whether listed here or not. We begin from a local (Kenyan) perspective to the global arena.

We would love to know – who is your phenomenal inclusion trailblazer?

Please share with us through:

  1. Our very own Kenyan trailblazers

You can click here to read on these phenomenal women

2. The Women of Africa BBC series

‘If your dreams do not scare you, they are probably not big enough’ HE Ellen Sirleaf Johnson

To access these videos , click here 

3. Overlooked‘ Series on the NYTimes

Obituary writing is more about life than death: the last word, a testament to a human contribution. Yet who gets remembered — and how — inherently involves judgment. To look back at the obituary archives can, therefore, be a stark lesson in how society valued various achievements and achievers…Now we are adding stories of remarkable women’.  Amisha Padnani and Jessica Bennett. March 8 2018.



Inclusive Initiatives and Events

There are several exciting initiatives and events  in the Inclusion space that we’d like to share with you all:

The Levers in Heels Website that was founded by Larisa Bowen-Dodoo (Ghana) highlights rising African women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and showcases their achievements.This is a great platform to enhance the visibility and networking opportunities for women in STEM- and can be a wonderful tool for mentoring young women and men in Africa and beyond.

You can send in your STEM contacts to the Levers in Heels email address


The Inclusive Leadership 2018 online Global Conference (16-20 April 2018)

Register for here for this Free Online Event


This is an initiative by Thais Compoint, an internationally acclaimed specialist in inclusive leadership. Thais is a speaker, facilitator, consultant, the author of the book “Succeed as an inclusive leader”, the creator of the Inclusive Leadership Global Conference  and of the Inclusiveship Academy, and host of the YouTube show and podcast “The Inclusiveship Show”.

  The World Inequality Report 2018 developed by the World Inequality Lab

The report measures income and wealth inequality in a systematic and transparent manner.  The report shows ‘that income inequality has increased in nearly all world regions in recent decades, but at different speeds. The fact that inequality levels are so different among countries, even when countries share similar levels of development, highlights the important roles that national policies and institutions play in shaping inequality’ and hence importance of inclusive development. The World Inequality Lab seeks to fill a democratic gap and to equip various actors of society with the necessary facts to engage in informed public debates on inequality.


There won’t be anything like a calmer moment: Somaliland, Catalunya and lessons from 2017

For our last post of the year, we feature 3 beautifully-written and reflective articles by Cecilia Milesi, a professional and activist who states that “transformation will only happen if the Global South countries and its people play a leading transformational role in local-global politics and if societies are respectful of human rights and citizens’ participation.”

The first piece looks at the remarkable story of Somaliland’s transformation and quest for international recognition… please read it HERE

The second explores the ongoing struggles in Catalunya, which can be read HERE

The third is entitled “Lessons from 2017: The power of collective intelligence and organizing” and can be read HERE

All the articles are available in both English and Spanish.  You can also visit Cecilia’s website for more HERE

Thanks to Cecilia for the great writing…. Enjoy the pieces and feel inspired as we move towards the joys and challenges ahead of us in 2018.

The Danger of a Single Story

By Chimamanda Adichie (Nigeria)

‘Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity… I would like to end with this thought: That when we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise’.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Have you been guilty of this?

The #Me Too# Campaign on Sexual Harrassment

In support of the #me too# campaign:

  1. Lupita Nyong’o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein by Lupita Nyongo

‘I hope we can form a community where a woman can speak up about abuse and not suffer another abuse by not being believed and instead being ridiculed. That’s why we don’t speak up — for fear of suffering twice, and for fear of being labeled and characterized by our moment of powerlessness’. Lupita Nyogo


2.       Our story of rape and reconciliation by Thordis Elva (TED Talk)

I was raised in a world where girls are taught that they get raped for a reason. Their skirt was too short, their smile was too wide, their breath smelled of alcohol. And I was guilty of all of those things, so the shame had to be mine. It took me years to realize that only one thing could have stopped me from being raped that night, and it wasn’t my skirt, it wasn’t my smile, it wasn’t my childish trust. The only thing that could’ve stopped me from being raped that night is the man who raped me — had he stopped himself’. Thordis Elva


3.     Violence against women — it’s a men’s issue by Jackson Katz (TED Talk)

‘But there’s so many men who care deeply about these issues, but caring deeply is not enough. We need more men with the guts, with the courage, with the strength, with the moral integrity to break our complicit silence and challenge each other and stand with women and not against them’. Jackson Katz


4.     Street Harassment by BBC

Harassment in public spaces is something that most women have experienced or will experience’