LB on LinkedIn

Hey XO LB readers —

I’ve just published my first two articles on LinkedIn, one of which was a re-post from Development Intern’s blog. If you’re interested, please do check them out!

Cheers!
Lauren

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Happy 2017!

Hello There,

Can you even believe it’s 2017?! Already Feb… Last I wrote was in early October (oopsie)… so I think I should start there! (sorry, no photos this time).

November

I had a crazy last full month in Jinja, working on school, with USA Akola staff visiting, and preparing for a month away. I did manage to sneak in a quick Thanksgiving trip to Lake Bunyonyi, which was even better the second time around. In Nov I also learned of my status as a Rotary Global Scholar. So grateful for the support of Rotary International, my sponsor club (HEB) and host club (Jinja) as I work on my master’s!

December

Had an amazing week at Impact Business Leaders Nairobi, then was off to TX for a few weeks’ holiday and catch up with friends and fam. Going home is always a uniquely perfect blessing. Texas’ open arms are always what I need.

January

The whole world felt chaotic in January. Hit the ground running back in office on 2 Jan, after spending NYE in a Dubai hotel, reflecting on 2016 and all the pain and joys and lessons in my year. Quickly production and procurement was on the move… the past month was a BLUR of work. Had a big paper due the first week of Jan and then after a quick two week break, started another class up. I did sneak in some fun Bujagali times but generally found it difficult to gain a sense of calm in the midst of everything.

Cheers to a bit more breathing room this month, taking care of ourselves and each other, and trusting the good that’s to come. Keep up the fight wherever you are — I know this year feels especially poignant and profound, doesn’t it?

Things I’m looking forward to…
My assistant’s arrival (YAY)
Logan visit (!!!)
Potential Easter getaway?
Continued learning at University of York and Akola
Whatever God has in store this year!

Thank you for reading, wherever you are!

xx
Lauren

 

The Profile of the Empowered Woman

From the report of the UNESCO international seminar held in Hamburg, Germany 27 January – 2 February 1993 on Women’s Education and Empowerment, originally published here

The empowered woman appreciates the time she spends on domestic work and outside the home. She is aware that overwork is harmful to her physical and mental condition and that health is vital. She is able to question her double responsibility and seeks help from others to have enough leisure to spend on learning and participating in the social and political life of the community. Continue reading