MasterCard Worldwide and the Singapore National Committee for UN Women Launch Second Edition of Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World
Ready to change the world? Project Inspire 2012 is here!
Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World is a joint initiative by the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard Worldwide to present 18-35 year old changemakers with a 5-minute platform to pitch their inspired story to the world.
Kenyan and East African NGO’s and NPO’s are encouraged to submit their entry through www.5minutestochangetheworld.org for a chance to win a Women’s Empowerment Grant for their particular program.
The winning entry receives a USD 25,000 grant to go towards creating a sustainable impact in the lives of disadvantaged women and girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East or Africa
o Women are less likely to have access to land, credit, decent jobs even though a growing body of research shows that the achievement of gender equality has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Occupational segregation and gender wage gaps continue to persist in all parts of the world.
o Empowered women and girls have a truly transformative role to play in their communities but they are rarely afforded the opportunities that will allow them to fulfill their enormous potential.
o Various fields such as entrepreneurship, community health, agriculture and technology provide potential opportunities to empower women
To qualify for the USD 25,000 Women’s Empowerment grant, any Kenyan project must meet the following requirements:
o The program must enable disadvantaged women and girls to attain sustained livelihood through entrepreneurship
o Beneficiaries must be women or girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East or Africa
o Must be an existing women’s empowerment program
o Submissions can take form of a 5-minute video or 1-page written proposal
o Participants can be men and women from anywhere in the world
MasterCard's corporate social responsibility platform (CSR) in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa is focused primarily on bettering the quality of life for women and children by providing them educational opportunities. MasterCard does this by supporting a broad range of women's and children's causes through scholarships, financial assistance, educational programs and various sustainability programs, helping provide them with the skills required to stand on their own feet and support themselves and their families. MasterCard has also devoted extensive resources to developing a deeper understanding of the women's segment in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa. It regularly releases consumer insights and trend research on women. These can be accessed at www.masterintelligence.com
Formerly known as UNIFEM Singapore, the Singapore Committee for UN Women is a non-profit organisation working towards women's empowerment and gender equality. Established in 1999, the organisation functions as a National Committee of the UN Women, headquartered in New York. The Singapore Committee for UN Women supports education and awareness programs that provide women and girls with access to education, healthcare, economic independence and a life free from violence and abuse in Singapore and the region. For more information, please visit: www.unwomen-nc.org.sg.