5 Inspiring women TikTokers who are changing the world

5 Women Who Inspire and Empower Other Women Online and in the Real World
TikTok celebrates International Women’s Day with #SheShines2021, a webinar showcasing notable female creators who

help make the app a positive and inclusive community.

TikTok takes pride in being a positive and inclusive platform, where women are empowered to express themselves creatively and authentically. Female creators on the app have helped transform TikTok into a real, inspiring, fun, and educational space for all, and they continue to do so each time they share creative new content.

Antoinette Taus (@antoinettetaus)

Filipino-American actress, humanitarian, and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, Antoinette Taus, is a long-time fixture in the local entertainment industry. Recognized as one of the most influential role models of the youth of her generation, Antoinette’s main mission is to empower the youth to take the lead in the transition toward a future that is centered on the betterment of people and the planet—without leaving anyone behind.

She founded the non-profit organization “CORA” (Communities Organized for Resource Allocation) and the purpose-driven business “The Sustainable Planet”, which are dedicated to creating sustainable
programs and solutions to help solve global issues focused on hunger, poverty, inequality, mental health, plastic pollution, and climate change.

For Antoinette, in order to be supportive of other women, you must first be kind. “Uplifting each other, being kind to each other, not judging each other. Just imagine, you don’t even have to look for support if naturally we just always tried to either to be kind or uplift everything around us that women and the girls are doing.”

Pau Kimberly (@paukimberly)

Self-love advocate, Pau Kimberly, uses TikTok as a platform to make others feel better about themselves. In a lot of her videos, she encourages her followers, the women in particular, to rise up after each fall. In Pau’s content, one powerful message that we all need to hear shines through – “You are enough.”

“We as a society are not yet used to women standing up for themselves, women that are strong and independent, women that are empowered, women that are not believing in timelines, women that are very career-driven. I use my platform to raise awareness that we shouldn’t care about others’ opinions. We as women are enough, and are worthy, in our own rights.”

Veronica Limcaoco (@beloynica)

Veronica “Ron” Limacaoco is an active member of Girls Got Game PH (@girlsgotgameph), a non-profit organization that works to empower young women through sports. The group organizes roving sports camps in underprivileged areas throughout the Philippines. Here, girls can learn how to play different sports, which helps them build self-confidence. As a result, Girls Got Game PH actually helps to build our country’s future, one self-reliant woman at a time.

Veronica believes that women must work together to empower one another. “There’s no one perfect way to do things like we are all after the same goal – Women empowerment. We are just doing it differently, I might be doing it through sports but in the end, we only have the same goal, and it’s impossible for one person, one organization to do it all. So, the best thing to do is work together.”

Nove-Ann Tan (@ihomeschoolph)

Homeschooling advocate, Nove-Ann Tan, is a hands-on homeschooling mom who also provides support for other homeschoolers. She has also authored two books, “I Homeschool: How to Homeschool Without Losing Your Mind” and “Happy Wife, Happy Life”, and hosts a weekly podcast where she shares valuable insights and information about homeschooling.

For Nove-Ann, it is important to make other women feel that they are not alone in whatever they may be going through.”It’s making a message that ‘Hey, you are not alone, I am here.’ Magtulungan tayo. Never be ashamed of your weakness, of what you’re going through, because you will never know, you’ll be a blessing. May isang taong lang na mag-swipe sa TikTok mo, kahit na isang tao lang ang matulungan sa message mo, it would be very valuable.”

Maica Teves

Maica Teves is the Executive Director of Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran (SPARK!) Philippines. SPARK! is an NGO composed of women who are committed to help empower and elevate more women to become active partners in national development. Maica feels that there is so much that can be done each day to show support and encouragement towards other women.

“I’ve seen time and time again the tangible results of women supporting other women, and I always say that it always starts with even simple daily interaction. There are many ways that women can empower each other – By being a role model, by offering support, celebrating each other’s wins.”

To know more about their advocacies, please visit wearecora.org, girlsgotgame.ph, and sparkphilippines.org.
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All the numbers you can call to #SpeakOut against domestic violence

With COVID-19 forcing governments around the world to impose quarantine measures, countless women have found themselves trapped at home with their abusers — sadly, members of their own families. In the Philippines alone, around 602 rape cases have been reported to the Philippine National Police (PNP) from March 17 to May 23.

With the lockdown effectively cutting off any means of help or escape, Avon aims to address this increasingly alarming issue through its #IsolatedNotAlone campaign that gives victims of domestic violence access to the support and safety resources they sorely need.

In line with its years-long commitment to help end violence against women and girls, Avon Philippines is taking up the fight by partnering with She Talks Asia for #SpeakOut Online Tribe Meet Up, which can be viewed on June 20, Saturday, from 4:00 to 5:30PM via the Avon Philippines and She Talks Asia Facebook Pages.

The two-part online event features She Talks Asia co-founder Iza Calzado and CSR Lead for Avon Philippines Ces Francisco, who discussed Avon’s long-time commitment to end Violence Against Women and Girls and the company’s most recent global campaign #IsolatedNotAlone. This is followed shortly by a panel discussion presenting insights on the issue; possible courses of action; as well as, the proper channels for people everywhere to help.

Notable speakers also join the roundtable to share valuable information and viable ways to mitigate this critical concern, including gender equality advocate and 2005 Nobel Prize nominee Sen. Risa Hontiveros, journalist and Pulitzer fellow Ana Santos, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Luna Legal Resource for Women and Children Atty. Romeo Cabarde, Jr. She Talks Asia co-founder Lynn Pinugu moderates the panel discussion.

Local celebrities and influencers have also shown support for the #IsolatedNotAlone campaign by coming up with Trojan Horse videos that offer domestic abuse victims a lifeline without rousing suspicion from their abusers. Published in their own social media accounts, these videos feature athlete and activist Kali Huff and mental health & domestic abuse advocate Kris Ponce-Enrile, along with other personalities, seemingly doing regular, everyday activities that actually provide much-needed information on how to reach out to Avon’s partner NGOs.  

The Avon Foundation for Women has already issued P4.5 Million back in May to support local non-government organizations providing front-line services such as helplines and refuges. The emergency grant recipients include Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children, Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE), Women’s Care Center Inc. (WCCI) and ING MAKABABAYING AKSYON (IMA) Foundation. The donation is part of the $1 Million total fund that provides aid for over 250,000 at-risk women and children affected by rapidly rising domestic abuse rates in 37 countries.

While the restrictions due to the pandemic are still in place, it is important to pay attention to those who are disproportionately affected by the protocol of quarantine. With its informative online event and helpful social media videos, Avon continues to push back on gender-based violence during this global crisis, reminding women that they may be isolated, but are not alone.

Show your support for the cause by sharing it with the hashtag #isolatednotalone on your social media channels to spread the word and reach out to every woman in need. For more information, go to www.avonworldwide.com

Should you know or suspect anyone who may need support against domestic violence, especially during these uncertain times, contact the following Avon NGO Partners:

Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children

Facebook: Luna Legal Center

Phone number: (082) 306-5761

Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE)

Facebook: GWAVE Philippines

Phone number: (035) 422 84 05 | +63 915 259 3029 | +63 999 576 6679

Women’s Care Center Inc. (WCCI)

Facebook: WCCI.Manila

Phone number: +63 999 577 9631 | +63 920 967 7852 | +63 917 825 0320 | (02) 8514-4104

Ing Makababaying Aksyon (IMA) Foundation

Facebook: ING Makababaying Aksyon (IMA) Foundation

Phone number: (045) 323 4750

Avon fights gender-based violence with #SpeakOutListenUp

Avon Philippines is taking up the color orange as its official campaign symbol to spark conversations about violence against women and girls. Launching the campaign #SpeakOutListenUp, Avon Philippines is rallying behind the UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign encourages victims and survivors to speak out, share their stories, and urge everyone to listen up.

For 16 days, the color orange will symbolize a brighter future where women won’t fear violence out in the streets, in school, in the workplace, in their own homes, and even online. Avon is going orange across its social media platforms from November 25 (UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until December 10 (Human Rights Day).

As part of its efforts for the 16-day activism, Avon partnered with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to ensure more women and girls are able to identify gender-based violence and identify resources to safely seek help. The partnership launches new training and awareness programs for Avon Representatives and girl scout in the Philippines, as well as Argentina and South Africa.

For over 130 years, Avon has been steadfast in its mission to empower women everywhere and the first step is to make sure that women live happy, healthy lives. This cannot be achieved without ensuring their safety that is why Avon has a strong legacy of championing programs that help in the promise of putting an end to violence angainst women and girls by contributing more than $65 million globally to women-centered organizations like Malala Fund and Vital Voices.

Here in the Philippines, where a rape occurs every 72 minutes, Avon has been constantly collaborating with and making donations to Women’s Care Center, Inc. in Manila, Inang Makabayan Aksyon Foundation in Pampanga, Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE) in Dumaguete, and Luna Legal Resource Center for Women in Davao to further the cause.