2nd Belle Du Jour Women’s Summit: Empowering Women

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2nd Belle Du Jour

Women’s Summit:

Empowering Filipino Women

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The month of March was Women’s month, and Belle Du Jour gathered some of the most empowered and empowering women in the country at the Samsung Hall for the 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit. With the theme “Women Can. Women Will”, this year’s BDJ Women’s Summit inspired and empowered Bellas on how they can unleash their power within, make it big with something small and be the driving force to positive change.

Here were the highlights of the event:

This was the 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit

After the success of the first-ever Belle de Jour (BDJ) Women’s Summit in 2016, and to celebrate their 11th year as an all-female community, BDJ organized the 2nd BDJ Women’s Summit with the theme “Women Can. Women Will”, as they aim to inspire and empower more women to be catalysts for change.

 

Women are more empowered these days

Some of the country’s empowered women, Abbygale Arenas-De Leon, Jodi Sta. Maria, Hidilyn Diaz, Rebecca Bustamante-Mills, Pia Gladys Perey, Danah & Stacy Gutierrez, Jaymie Pizarro and Vice President Leni Robredo, shared stories of their hardships, as well as inspirations on how they become the empowered women they are today.

 

Well-attended summit

The gathering was well attended by Filipino women. Here they learned to embrace themselves and their capabilities to be the best woman they can be.

 

Words of inspiration from some of the country’s empowered women

Here are some of the best quotes from the event:

“A dream is an exercise of the imagination. But to make it a reality, you must exercise massive action.” – Jodi Sta. Maria

“It doesn’t matter where you start. If I can do it so can you.” – Rebecca Bustamante-Mills

“Don’t try to be a man, celebrate your femininity and use it to be the woman you need to be.” – Pia Gladys Perey

“In extraordinary times such as now, when our freedoms are threatened and our voices empowered, the Filipina woman we need is someone with a lot of heart and a strong independent mind.” – Vice President Leni Robredo