World Women's Day Interview with Jana

Chiara Lippke
World Women's Day Interview mit Jana

Hi Jana, could you briefly tell us who you are and what motivated you to share your story?

Aloha, I'm Jana, 37 from Cologne, and I have the privilege today to talk about my charity engagement.

What aspects of your life and personality define you the most?

My positive outlook on life. I always try to see things from a positive perspective. Life is so short, so we should enjoy it. That also includes bringing joy to your loved ones or others.

What does it mean to you to be a woman in today's society?

As women, we already have a good standing nowadays. Much progress has been made, and many women before us have fought for our rights. However, there's still much to do. One can never be too loud about it and should continue pushing for progress.

How do you think women can inspire and support each other?

I think it's quite simple. Every woman you meet, you can learn something from. And I find it very interesting to discover what that is. Among your loved ones, you can talk about strengths and support dreams. I would also like to see celebrations not just for milestones like weddings or births, but also for starting a business or leaving a bad relationship.

What inspired you to volunteer?

My volunteering started in 2006 during my studies. Money was tight for me at the time, but I wanted to give back in a different way, one where I didn't necessarily need a financial contribution but could make a difference with my skills, time, and creativity. It's been 18 years since then, and it has steadily grown and become more beautiful and fulfilling.

How has your charity work influenced your perspective on women's rights and children's rights?

It has changed in the sense that the concept of normality is very important. Women or children in difficult situations long for normality. That's why it's important to support this normality through charity work. Also, always keeping an open eye and ear, being attentive to women and children around you, and erring on the side of saying something rather than saying nothing.

Could you tell us about a specific experience or encounter with a child or woman that made your engagement particularly meaningful?

There isn't a single experience. For me, it's about the idea of doing something good in general. Knowing that you're making a difference.

What can you tell us about PURELEI's fundraising campaign for International Women's Day?

We've come up with a very special fundraising campaign for International Women's Day: we will donate all proceeds from the EmpowHER necklace to a Hawaiian organization that fights against domestic violence. We're very excited that the donation is going directly to Hawaii and can make an impact there.

Do you have any advice for other women who want to get involved in social issues but may hesitate?

If you want to get involved socially, you shouldn't be afraid to start. Even if you don't have financial means or a big idea, you can start with time or creativity. Don't let yourself be discouraged if you only have a small impact because it adds up, and that's how you can achieve something. So, just start and do it.

What changes or progress in society would you like to see to improve the situation of women and children in difficult life situations?

I would like to see people looking out for each other, being mindful of their surroundings. Also, becoming aware of how fortunate one's own situation is and considering what they can give back. In today's society, women should engage more, support each other, and celebrate each other's strengths – this would lead to greater unity.

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

International Women's Day is a day we need to raise awareness, but it's not enough on its own. It's important to speak up every day. Nevertheless, it's certainly a very important day that we should make use of.

Chiara Lippke


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