Next week, I head back to India for a further month. During this time, I’ll be having meetings in Mumbai and undertaking initial interviews for a very exciting new project – a book about women in India which has the provisional working title of Mother India – check out my new site here for further details.
After Mumbai, I’ll be back in Goa where I’ll again be volunteering with charity Educators’ Trust India, whilst also doing a bit of freelance writing work for my banking client in London.
Details of all of these adventures will be told over at the Gender Blog, so perhaps I’ll see you there.
Earlier this year, I had an article published on US website The Thin Pink Line. My piece was about the launch of the interactive International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association‘s (ILGA) new website, designed and sponsored by British Telecom:
Last week saw women around the world celebrating the 100thanniversary of International Women’s Day – a day marked on 8th March every year to commemorate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
If, however, you are a gay woman in Pakistan, Algeria or Uganda, then you probably have somewhat less to celebrate, as it’s still illegal to be gay in those countries – and several others. And if you’re a gay woman and fortunate enough to live elsewhere such as the US or the UK, a country where you are, in the recent words of Ulrike Lunacek, an Austrian Member of the European Parliament who co-chairs that entity’s LGBTI group:
“… able to be open in your workplace; able to be free to be who you really are …”
- but you travel overseas, then here’s a website that you may wish to check out. In addition to serving as a useful resource, it will help to raise your awareness of the other countries out there where the LGBTI community don’t enjoy the same levels of personal and professional freedom.
Click here to read more – and here to read about the TPL team’s view on the successful components of collaboration, with which I completely agree, summarised as:
- Agree on a process and a timeline;
- Communicate early and often – and not just by email!
- Respect one another.
I recently contributed an article to Alpha Female on how to pack for the perfect business trip. Here’s the opening lines … please visit Alpha Female (and register for free) to read the rest.
New York. South Africa. Chicago. India. Too many countries in western Europe to count. New York, again. Back to India. Los Angeles. Mexico City. Oh, and New York. This was my corporate travel schedule of old: an agenda which saw me spending more nights away from home on business than in London and one which meant that I rapidly had to rethink my former packing behaviours. On my first ever business trip overseas (more on this later), I forgot loads of necessary items, over packed to the tune of a £200 excess baggage fee and yet still didn’t have what I needed.
I quickly realised that this approach to business travel wasn’t going to be sustainable and so I set about creating a framework which would work for me. Hundreds of thousands of airmiles later, here are some highly personalised and very individual tips from an Alpha Female – perhaps some of them will be useful for you.
Click here to read more …