This past February, under the gilded ceilings of Paris’ Town Hall, women mayors, business leaders and innovators from around the world were given center stage on climate action and the urgent role awaiting women. It was the 3rd annual Women4Climate conference and ELLE International, a founding partner of the initiative along with L’Oréal, had front row seats for the action.
Spawning from an idea to empower and inspire women in climate action, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris along with former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg launched Women4Climate in 2016, an offshoot of the C40 group – one of the most influential global organizations for cities and climate – to support women mayors around the world advancing for the climate. Why mayors? Because they lead cities, and even though cities only account for less than two percent of the earth’s surface, they consume 78 percent of the world’s energy and are responsible for over 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. According to Mayor Hidalgo, women must be a part of the policy-making around the climate: “In order to tackle climate change, we need more women in leadership positions.”
Then in 2018, Women4Climate launched the ‘Tech Challenge’, an international competition for women innovators of climate projects. Rounding up the contestants and their projects in Paris during the conference in February, Inna Braverman, founder of Eco Wave Power and Elodie Grimoin, founder of Urban Canopee, were chosen as the two laureates during a ceremony hosted by ELLE & ELLE Decoration International Director, Valéria Bessolo Llopiz.
It’s safe to say that the future of the planet lies in the hands of our cities, and our youth.
Meet Nonhlanhla Joye, the inspiring Impact2 Award Global Winner!
In its Jan/Feb 2017 issue, ELLE South Africa introduced us to Nonhlanhla Joye, founder and director of Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute, and winner of the Impact2 Award semi-finals in Johannesburg in November last year for which ELLE formed part of the judging panel.
ELLE INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES THE 2nd EDITION OF ITS WORLDWIDE SURVEY ON WOMEN AND THEIR HAPPINESS: THE HAPPINESS INDEX
The International Department of ELLE, the world number one upscale women media brand, has mobilised all of ELLE’s 46 international editions around a common worldwide project: “The Happiness Index”, an exceptional and global survey carried out online and on social networks of each of the international ELLE editions, in partnership with the IFOP institute.
For this outstanding initiative, ELLE gave the floor to women through a questionnaire on various aspects of their everyday life: the level and source of their happiness, the challenges and pressures they face, age, appearance, confidence in the future, discrimination or women’s status in society. When first launched in 2014, “The Happiness Index” had collected nearly 24,000 answers. The 2016 edition gathered more than 30 000, raising the survey to the rank of a true “barometer of women’s happiness around the world“. A world first!
All the results of this exceptional global study, conceptualised and coordinated by the team of the ELLE International Department in Paris, as well as the detailed analysis per country, were provided to each ELLE edition at the end of January. Each country may publish the survey in its print edition and online from mid-February. This project, adapted on different platforms and spread out throughout the world, will give rise to numerous editorial contents, specific to each edition.
Like all the initiatives developed by ELLE International, this ambitious project was made possible thanks to the unique and strong ties that unite the 46 editions of ELLE around the world.
The L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate Awards works to recognize women in science, and their contribution to the field. International judges choose 5 women annually, to represent their continents as they are honoured in this prestigious award ceremony.
This year the jury president for the awards was University of Cape Town’s Professor Jill Farrant, who was also the African/Arab States recipient of the 2012 award.
Created in 2004 to promote education of women worldwide, the ELLE Foundation launches an awareness digital campaign:
#ELLEpourelles : 1 photo to act
Through this campaign, the ELLE Foundation aims at mobilising as many people as possible, especially young people, on the importance of educating girls and training women.
For Karine Guldeman, General Delegate of the Foundation : “With this campaign, we want to reassert that supporting women’s emancipation through education leads to building a fairer society, but also to make it stronger economically and socielly.”
Join the campaign publishing your picture on social media with#ELLEpourelles.
With over 21 years of experience, specialising in research on women in politics, women and governance and violence against women, feminist researcher Joy Watson is one to watch. She recently joined ELLE South Africa as newest guest contributor. Here you get to know her a little bit better: http://www.elle.co.za/10-questions-with-feminist-researcher-joy-watson/
After weeks of preparations, the nine finalists for the second ELLE Impact2 Awards, gathered in Paris for the winners ceremony held on 7th April, at Paris City Hall.
ELLE, together with the Comptoir de l’Innovation, are making it their mission to recognise and support female social entrepeneurship worldwide. Last year this initiative was launched in France alone but for its second year, ELLE Impact2 has widened its search for female entrepeneurs to nine countries (Sweden, Canada, the United States, France, India, Italy, South Africa, Belgium and the UK).
The award aims to boost a woman-led enterprise that has awareness for society and female empowerment at the core of its business model. The criteria for the competition searches for start-ups that have tested their products on their consumers and also have the potential for considerable growth. The business model for each initiative, has to demonstrate guaranteed sustainability and also prove that the product is solving a particular social, societal or environmental issue, either on a national or international scale.
After the finalists delivered their pitch to the jury – made up of thirteen judges including the President Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris – the panel deliberated the values of each candidate before coming to their final decision. The winner’s prize was awarded to Thato Kgathlhanye, the South African finalist and founder of Repurpose School Bags ; a for-profit social enterprise that makes and personally distributes, innovatively designed schoolbags for students at disadvantaged schools in Africa.
The schoolbags have several special features including a solar panel that charges during the day and turns into a lamp at night, so children have the ability to study in dim light. The material the bags are of is created by fusing together recycled carrier bags, making them sustainable for the planet and water resistant, so children don’t have to worry about their books getting damp when it rains. The distribution of the bags relys on donations from ‘Giving Partners’ who are then welcomed to handover the bags, personally at a school that they have been matched to.
The ELLE Impact2 for Women Award remains loyal to the ELLE brand and the commitment that is attached to women in society.