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In just over a month, we announce the winner of Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard’s annual social innovation competition, Project Inspire. This year, we received an impressive 503 entries from 70 countries around the world; from Afghanistan to Australia, Canada to Cambodia, Papua New Guinea to Palestine, the Ukraine to Uganda and beyond….

Media Release Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard welcomes Laurence Lien to the Project Inspire team Monday, 23rd June, 2014: Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard are pleased to announce the addition of a new judge to the Project Inspire judging panel; Laurence Lien, Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy…

BY JENNANI DURAI When Lilian Kilonzo packed her bags to travel nearly 5,000 miles to Singapore for the Project Inspire grand final last year, she was prepared to talk about goats – after all, the animals formed the backbone of her project, Livelihoods through Livestock. Her aim – along with teammates Selina Nguruma and Paul…

Entering Project Inspire is now simpler than ever… Project Inspire would be nothing without you, the passionate people who want to change the lives of women and girls. So when you told us what you wanted, we listened. That’s why the video-entry is no longer compulsory – you can now enter Project Inspire simply by filling out…

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Most days, Tripti Bhadauriya volunteers six to eight hours a day as Director of Protsahan Singapore, a social enterprise dedicated to educating girls in the slums of Delhi. She tells Sue Mannering why volunteering is as rewarding for the volunteer as it is for the recipients. Tripti Bhadauriya moved to Singapore from India some years…

BY JENNANI DURAI Don’t let the video-entry component of the Project Inspire application daunt or deter you from entering. Follow this step-by-step guide to shooting and uploading your video – within minutes, your video will be online and you’ll marvel at how easy the process was. 1. Shoot your video. There’s no need to over-complicate…

Power to the Women: Trina Liang-Lin By Melissa Gail Sing Most people associate loneliness and isolation with negativity; that feeling of being unwanted only makes them draw deeper into the pits of emptiness and despair. Yet for Trina Liang-Lin, being alone in a “man’s world” sparked an interest in championing human rights. You’ve probably seen her at business networking events and charity dinners surrounded by many people, yet…

Find a Project Inspire 2014 Country Ambassador near you…   As we turned the corner into 2014 and Project Inspire entered it’s fourth year, the team was motivated to make this year our best yet. So, we set a goal to broaden our outreach throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. As we…

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With Asian philanthropy at a crossroads, one lady is campaigning for Singapore to become a regional hub, where she hopes women will take a bigger lead.  By Low Shi Ping It’s been a fruitful run for Trina Liang-Lin. As the president of UN Women Singapore, the 43-year-old is serving her second consecutive two-year term, where she has, among many other achievements, successfully enabled…

With less than two months to go until the Project Inspire competition deadline, we know many of you are now preparing your applications. One important component of your application is the video-entry, which serves as a five-minute pitch of your project. In Part One: How to make your Project Inspire video-entry stand out, Harpreet Kaur from leading business consulting…