Challenging inequality for women is a complex problem requiring a multi-layered and multi-faceted approach – but achieving economic equality might be the crucial first step.

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day 2021 – taking place this year on Monday 8 March – the chosen theme of ‘Choose to Challenge’ is a call to arms for every Australian.

We’re called to recognise our biases and misconceptions, and to seek out and celebrate where we’ve overcome these obstacles and achieved success.

Global Sisters CEO Mandy Richards said the organisation she founded exists to answer that call, with this year’s theme providing an opportunity to reflect upon the team’s valuable core purpose.

Challenging economic inequality is absolutely the driving force behind our work at Global Sisters....Money alone doesn’t solve all of our social problems, but for women facing crippling financial disadvantage, money means having choices.

Mandy RichardsGlobal Sisters

“We work by providing a genuine alternative to women who aren’t able to participate in mainstream employment, helping them secure the support and access the infrastructure they to build their own sustainable businesses.

“By making business possible and helping women become financially independent, they’re free to make important choices and positively impact everyone around them, including their family members and wider community”.

The latest addition to a growing portfolio of products and services is The Marketplace, opened in late 2020, and providing an Australian first online sales platform for female entrepreneurs.

It’s free to join, with no set-up fee, no ongoing monthly fees, and only a small commission payable on each transaction.

The Marketplace is just one element of the Global Sisters end-to-end approach, which also includes  business idea generation and foundational business education; business incubation including business development education, tools, networks, coaching and microfinance; and, ongoing support to help Sisters accelerate and grow their businesses.

Learn more about the women who #ChooseToChallenge their circumstances and how they’re working with Global Sisters. Reading their stories:

Corina Muir, Amber Days (Melbourne, Vic)

Glenis Wilkinson YOGA + MEDITATION (Brisbane)

Joanne Diver, The Backyard Gardening Enthusiast (Regional Vic/NSW)

Florence Olugbemiro, Designed By Florence (Sydney NSW)

Amy Tran, Zen Tea Lounge (Sydney NSW)

Minerva Jimenez, Minjums (Melbourne, Vic)