This globally recognised day on 8th March honours the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s goal is for individuals and organisations to take bold and pragmatic action within their own spheres of influence to help women advance and unleash the limitless potential they offer to economies the world over.
Every person – women, men and non-binary people – can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted, bold action, we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world.
Indeed, Bali BISA has been propelling women to new heights for over 10 years with graduates inspiring other women (men too!) to make their own mark in this booming field. The spa and wellness sector is a particularly fertile place for women from all walks of life given their generally more intuitive, empathetic and compassionate nature which are key characteristics for successful spa and wellness therapists. More women are also rising into management ranks and helping to shape the industry’s evolution. Yet, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is way too long to wait. Take action to #BeBoldforChange.
MESSAGE FROM PENNY ELLIS
BALI INTERNATIONAL SPA ACADEMY
Being based in Bali with wonderful Balinese trainers, we are particularly proud of the Indonesian females we have trained, many of them choosing to work overseas until they are ready to return to their island home. They all come back with so much confidence and a more holistic view of the world. Increasingly, they are becoming managers, something a few short years ago they would not have even dreamed of.
Our on-going involvement with the ROLE Foundation and their Bali WISE programs for disadvantaged women has allowed us to provide comprehensive training for 12 young women, all of whom are now able to financially support their family in a rewarding career. Please join us in applauding these and the other females that Bali WISE has educated at their Boogie Wonderland fund-raiser at the Fairmont Resort in Sanur Beach on Friday, 10th March. The price of Rp 850,000 per person includes a three course meal with sparkling wine, wine and beer. Boogie the night away with music from the 70’s and 80’s, and perhaps win one of their many great prizes.
We are proud of our achievements, and are committed to continuing to embrace the concept of #BEBOLDFORCHANGE.
- We are introducing more courses with a wellness focus to enable women to better showcase their unique qualities.
- Our licensing program will facilitate more bonafide spa schools to open in developing countries, hence paving the way for greater female empowerment and leadership.
- The strong relationship with the ROLE Foundation and Bali WISE will enable us to move even more women out of the cycle of poverty through skills training and confidence building.
- An ever expanding selection of management course options will facilitate a steady growth in women in positions of influence and leadership in the burgeoning field of spa and wellness.
Hope that you too will become a part of the drive for more gender equality by declaring bold and purposeful actions this year! #BeBoldForChange.