FWN CEO and founder Marily Mondejar shares how Filipina women can exercise their power: Speak up. "My message to the Filipina women of the world: develop your voice. When you attend an event, raise your hand and ask a question. People will remember you spoke up. If something bothers you. Speak up. Your opinion is important. You are a contributor to the economy. So it's important that business hears your feedback." News story from ABS-CBN
For Immediate Release: Sacramento, CA.
California State Board of Equalization (SBOE) Member Fiona Ma, celebrated the close of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness month, by presenting her first SHEro Equalizer Award to FWN CEO & Founder, Marily Mondejar. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies the dedication and drive of a fearless female leader. Their role as an “equalizer” is to be a tireless advocate for issues and causes to further expand women’s rights.
"I am pleased to present my first SHEro Equalizer Award to Marily Mondejar," stated Board Member Ma. "As an entrepreneur, community organizer, and an untiring advocate against domestic violence and trafficking of women, Marily throws out a wide net and brings together women from all over the world to unite for important causes like domestic violence and human trafficking."
Congratulations Marily! And thank you for being the fearless leader we all need!
Is the Internet slowing down for all of us?
Eight months ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began an unprecedented effort to regulate the Internet with telephone rules from the 1930s. Since then, the private investment needed to create better Internet service has declined noticeably. During the first half of 2015, Internet investment dropped 8%, according to figures released by major Internet providers. Excluding wireless providers, the fall was even greater – down 12%.
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell led the U.S. delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Fora September 15 – 18, in Manila, Philippines. While in the Philippines, Ambassador Russell launched several U.S.-led initiatives and made joint commitments with other APEC officials that will empower women to play larger roles in the APEC economies.
The U.S. delegation included representatives from a number of U.S. agencies, including the Department of State, USAID, the Department of Labor, and the Small Business Administration. The United States was also represented by the private sector, including Google, Care.com, BSR, C&M International, Black Girls Code, The Filipina Women’s Network (FWN CEO & Founder Marily Mondejar), George Mason University, and ACG Inc.
Initiatives led by the United States focus on data collection, women’s entrepreneurship, women’s health and its relation to economic participation, leadership, and women in transportation. They are implemented with support from the State Department, as well as the U.S.-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) activity, a project with funding and strategic direction from the State Department and technical oversight and management from USAID.
Fact Sheet Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State