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Picture this: you’re in your mid-twenties and you’re already a successful model and actor. What would you do next, kick back and enjoy the A-list lifestyle? (Probably not, if you’re reading this blog!) Well, 26-year-old Lily Cole also had loftier ambitions, namely creating the social business, impossible.com. “Working in fashion has taught me that business can…

In a good news story on women’s empowerment, on Tuesday, a new memorandum was signed which aims to improve the lives of women in South Asia. Economic and political organisation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and UN Women have joined forces to promote gender equality and justice, and women’s empowerment in the region,…

While everyone enters Project Inspire with the hope of winning, only one non-profit or social enterprise receives the US$25,000 cash grant. But as 2012 finalist Love Mercy Foundation explains, Project Inspire can offer big benefits, whether you take out the top prize or not. “When we entered, we didn’t think we’d get very far, so we were…

Does social enterprise hold the key to women’s empowerment? And are social enterprises more effective than non-for-profits in this mission? A lively debate ensued when we posed these questions to a panel of experts at our 2014 launch event. Here, Roop Wadhwani, who works with Protsahan, last year’s Project Inspire winner, discusses how Protsahan addresses the same…

On Thursday, March 13, Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard jointly hosted the official 2014 launch event for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Save the World. More than 90 social entrepreneurs, media, corporates and members of the public were in attendance. Notable guests included last year’s winning team, Protsahan, as well as 2011 finalists…

Media Release US$25,000 social enterprise grant on offer with Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard’s joint initiative, Project Inspire March, 2014: Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard announce the fourth annual Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World campaign, together with global consulting firm Bain & Company and academic partner INSEAD. Launched…

Behind the international competition, there’s a small but dedicated team who help make Project Inspire happen. Get to know the members of our office team… Amra Naidoo Role: Project Inspire team leader Originally from: Zimbabwe Moved to Singapore: April 2013 Favourite saying: “Life is too short and unpredictable not to live it exactly as you…

Future Plans as LIFE Concludes  After winning the Special Recognition Award at Project Inspire 2012 – 5 Minutes To Change The World, LIFE launched entrepreneurial management courses which equipped women headed householders to enhance their knowledge in agriculture and improve their reinvestment capacity. These training programs allowed them to fend for themselves and their families….

How can games and digital technology make an impact in menstrual hygiene awareness? Here are profiles of organizations looking at creative ways to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene! Menstrupedia Menstrupedia is an online portal which aims to spread awareness about menstruation and shatter myths and misunderstanding around the subject considered taboo in India. Menstrupedia is…

Adaikkalam tends to her garden in her backyard with enthusiasm with her walking aid beside her. The ground nuts have blossomed in season and this fills her with pride and joy. After years of struggling alone, today, she is an empowered woman, able to stand on her own two feet and care for her family…