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We recently watched an inspiring TED Talk by Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro and could not have passed on the opportunity to share some of the key takeaways from her powerful message. Dr. Kanyoro is the President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, a nonprofit organization that is one of the leading foundations globally for women empowerment and gender equality. She eloquently described the concept of isirika in her TED Talk, featured below. Keep reading to see some of the key insights we walked away with.
1. What is isirika?
Dr. Kanyoro’s speech centers around the term isirika, which means “equal generosity” in English. It is a pragmatic way of life that sees charity, services, and philanthropy working hand in hand with one another. It’s a responsibility every person shares — to care for one another. Through isirika, you see a human first — not their gender, not their disabilities, just that they are human. You value their ideas and recognize what you can accomplish together for humanity.
2. Isirika in Action
Dr. Kanyoro provided several examples of irisika from her childhood to her education to her work with Global Fund for Women. Dr. Kanyoro is from a Kenyan farming community. In her neighborhood, if someone fell ill, neighbors would join together to help them such as by harvesting their crops. Neighbors would support each other and send children to school, giving them the opportunity to further their education both in Kenya and internationally. In fact, the first surgeon from Kenya comes from Dr. Kanyoro’s community.
3. The Importance of Embracing Isirika and Empowering Women and Girls
Dr. Kanyoro’s call-to-action is to rebuild and reclaim isirika. If we stand together and believe there is one humanity and everyone’s ideas are important, we can embrace irisika and help one another. Dr. Kanyoro specifically mentions the significance behind empowering and investing in women and girls. If you want to solve some of the biggest issues our global community is facing, we need to invest in women and girls. Through her work with Global Fund for Women and women’s movements, Dr. Kanyoro sees the importance of trusting in female leaders and understands how they interact and embrace isirka together. Women and girls can make a positive difference for themselves and their communities.
4. Making a Difference
Dr. Kanyoro’s speech left us feeling inspired — inspired to see all that women and girls can do for themselves and for humanity, as well as inspired to do more. There are so many ways we can get involved in supporting women and girls and putting isirika into action — the options are endless! Here are a few ideas below to get started.
- Support women-led brands.
- Speak up about causes you care about and encourage others to do the same. Whether it’s through social media, a blog post, or illustrations, there are countless ways to be vocal about important causes.
- Host female-empowerment events with your friends.
- Volunteer in your community, such as at a food bank or nursing home.
Female empowerment lies at the core of The Little Market’s mission in supporting artisans around the world. We are proud to support the Global Fund for Women and the organization’s like-minded values and mission. Similar to Dr. Kanyoro, we feel that by empowering women and girls, one supports an entire community and its livelihood for the better. Please join us in standing up for women’s rights. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls!