The Superwoman Making A Difference
On our journey of life we come across people we instantly click with and recently I was fortunate to connect with the one and only Kerryn Vaughan from "Women With Hammers."
I thought I had achieved a lot in life, but this warm and generous singer/songwriter, animal rights advocate, trainer, mentor and humanitarian has lived three lives in one! Kerryn is also an international author and her book ‘Magnificent Kids!’ was the catalyst to her founding the global organisation One Planet Classrooms, which facilitates projects to relieve poverty induced suffering, predominantly in Africa. Projects include clean water solutions, solar power, sustainable projects, feminine hygiene and empowerment initiatives, as well as the sponsorship of 160 school children.
"If we can make a difference, why wouldn’t we?" - Kerryn
Kerryn initially set up One Planet Classrooms to facilitate Skype sessions between classrooms in Africa and classrooms in Australia. Not only was it near impossible to get the laptops into Africa, but the kids in Africa were also in school at the same time the kids in Australia were in bed, and she sent laptops to a country (Uganda) where most people don’t even have power. The whole project was an epic fail! At that point, Kerryn could have given up and walked away from the entire idea, but she learned that kids were dying from drinking filthy water, and so began the revised version of One Planet Classrooms.
No wonder I knew straight away that Kerryn doesn't only wear her "superwoman" t-shirt, she is a superwoman.
What I also learnt about Kerryn is that she is also a highly skilled inspirational speaker who has presented at numerous events. These include World Parks Congress 2014, Hero Round Table 2015 and 2018, Women In Gippsland (for International Women's Day) 2017 and Inspiring Young Women 2017. She has also run workshops, and spoken to a large variety and number of groups, including hundreds of school children, about creating a better world and ‘standing in your truth’.
Which has led Kerryn to her latest project, "Girls With Hammers," a concept I love.
Kerryn, together with Nicky Williams, set up Girls With Hammers, which focuses on presenting events aimed at empowering women. Kerryn laughed with me when I asked if they include power tools and woodworking classes, but no, they are targeted to making sure women have what they need to be strong, treated fairly and respected for who they are rather than who society expects them to be.
They support an 'I CAN' attitude and know without a doubt that every woman is incredible, but some need to find their feet. Over many years of campaigning for equality by millions of women, it seems that women as a whole are still a long way from achieving that ultimate goal, which troubles them deeply, so they've decided not to sit around and complain about it - they are doing something about it!
"To empower every woman we work with to live the life she deserves." - Girls With Hammers.
If you would like to know more about "Girls With Hammers" programs, including conferences, workshops and mentoring, please click on their website here.
It was such a pleasure connecting with gorgeous Kerryn, and together we hope many women (and girls) will have the opportunity to gain self-confidence and be the voice for a world that encourages women to shine
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.