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15th October is the International Day for Rural Women.
Did you know…
• Women produce 50% of the world’s food, but only own 1% of the land.
• Rural women comprise more than one quarter of the total world population.
• 500 million women live below the poverty line in rural areas.
• Women produce 60-80% of basic foodstuffs in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.
• Women perform over 50% of the labor involved in intensive rice cultivation in Asia.
• Women perform 30% of the agricultural work in industrialized countries.
• Women head 60% of households in some regions of Africa.
When you find a good hairdresser, stick with them and treasure them like gold. I met Eva, my hairdresser when I was three months pregnant with my second child. Every few weeks I send an S.O.S type text requesting a hair appointment and Eva comes round with her bag of tongs and tools and pretties-me-up.
Eva has been doing my hair for six years and has been saving me from bad hair days. She’s only had to cancel one appointment, in all this time. We have built up a fantastic relationship (we all know that we tell our hairdressers things we wouldn’t dream of telling anyone else), but in the six years she has been taking care of my hair, her pricing has not changed.
• her rent has gone up
• travel costs have increased
• the cost of hair and beauty products have gone up too
If you value someone who runs a business or provides a service, and you think that they are undervaluing themselves; do the right thing and encourage them to look at their prices – for what it’s worth.
Phoebe came home with these paintings a couple of months ago. Some might look at these and say ‘such confidence’ or ‘that’s a bit egotistical? I’m delighted that my six year old already knows the importance of loving herself (some of us in our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and even older are still struggling with this one). Phoebe sees herself the way that God sees her. See the best in yourself and it won’t be so hard to see the best in others too.