Japan: ELLE Women in Society, 2016 edition

For the 3rd consecutive year, on June 18th, ELLE Japan and ELLE Online organised the ELLE Women in Society event, in Tokyo at Roppongi Academy Hills… And it has been a great success!

Women in Society Japan 2016

Through this one-day forum, ELLE Japan aims to encourage the success of women in Japan by helping them to realize their potential, to improve their performance and by supporting them to achieve work-life balance.

Women in Society Japan 2016 Seminar

1200 ELLE readers have been able to join for free the 7 seminars and 14 workshops organised for them, with testimonials, practical advices and experts speeches from successful professional women or speakers from women-friendly companies, from various domains including luxury, fashion, industry, services, NPO/NGO, IT, health, cooking, design and music.
The astronaut Naoko Yamazaki was one of those prestigious speakers.

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Once again, this 3rd edition of ELLE Women in Society has been really enriching and inspiring.
And rendez-vous is already set for 2017!

ELLE Foundation: #ELLEpourelles

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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.

For more information: http://www.ellefondation.org/la-fondation/nos-actus?ignore-cache=yes&p=1280

ELLE South Africa: 10 questions with feminist researcher, Joy Watson

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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/

ELLE Impact2 Award: the grand final

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.

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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.

JuryAfter 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.

ELLE Active Forum 2016, Paris

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Fast forward yourself to 2026 and all kinds of questions come to mind; will we be overrun by robots at work? Will we live on our phones? Will we all talk in code? Of course these are exaggerations but the idea of a digital revolution is something we are experiencing now and it is only going to continue to develop, in turn providing women with more opportunities in the workplace.

It was this revolution that inspired the theme for this year’s ELLE Active forum, held in Paris over the 8th and 9th April: “How will we women all work in ten years?”. Continue reading “ELLE Active Forum 2016, Paris”

ELLE Impact2 Award in Canada

Meet ELLE Canada’s finalist for the upcoming ELLE ImpactAward for Female Social Entrepreneurship, which takes place in Paris on April 7.

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Sabrina Natasha Premji had the ELLE Impact2 Canadian jury members’ attention the moment she started her five-minute presentation on Kidogo, a childcare initiative she launched in the poorest slums of East Africa.

_DSC01041“I was working with the Aga Khan Development Network and was invited to see a ‘baby care centre’ in Mlolongo, a slum just outside of Nairobi, Kenya,” explained Premji. “Mothers living in slums have three options for daycare: They can leave their children as young as two years old home alone, entrust the care to an older sibling who is pulled from school or drop them off at one of these unlicensed baby care centres at a nominal fee. I remember us walking down a winding muddy alleyway to an unmarked property. Before entering the darkened room, I was overwhelmed by the smell of urine and feces. I removed my shoes and made my way into the dark space. Suddenly my foot hit something; when I looked down, I realized it was a baby.

“Once my eyes got adjusted to the darkness, I could see there were 15 to 25 babies in this small room. They were all lying there awake, yet I heard nothing but silence. Many were given sleeping pills to hush them, others learned that crying did them no good. After leaving the slum, I was so sad by what I saw but I was also enraged that something like this could exist. It was in that moment that my co-founder, Afzal Habib, and I asked ourselves ‘can we provide a higher-quality childcare option for roughly the same price that mothers were already paying at the informal baby cares centres?’ That was the birthplace of Kidogo.”

So what is Kidogo? It’s a sustainable and scalable business model that involves building best practice Early Childhood Centres, or “hubs,” where children age 6 months to 6 years are provided quality care and education for less than $1 a day. This is combined with a micro-franchising program for local “mamapreneurs” to open their own childcare “spokes,” or mini daycare centres, in their homes; these are supported—and monitored—by the hub. “It takes around $5,000 in grant funding to set up each of the hubs, and through childcare fees alone, they are designed to be self-supporting within three to six months of operation. Sustainability is a key pillar of how we operate.”

Kidogo is still in its early days, but through its two hubs and five mamapreneurs, it’s already giving over 200 hundred children living in slums the best start to life, particularly during their first five crucial years of life, when 85% of brain development takes place. “The impact spreads beyond the children,” she said. “Now mothers are able to work knowing their children are safe, older kids don’t have to be taken out of school to care for their younger siblings, and local mamapreneurs have a steady source of income. It’s a fresh start for the entire community. We’re hoping this model can be replicated to other low-income communities around the world because every child, no matter where they’re born, deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

 

Sabrina Natasha Premji is a social entrepreneur and global health practitioner who leads Kidogo’s Strategy, Partnerships & Impact. Prior to co-founding Kidogo, Sabrina spent four years working with the Aga Khan Development Network in Kenya and Tanzania, where she managed an Integrated Primary Health Care Start-Up Project, led the Social Innovation portfolio of a $13.5M maternal and child health grant and explored eHealth and community midwife franchising initiatives to curb the high maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates in East Africa. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University in New York City and working with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network to promote a child-integrated approach in the post-2015 global agenda. She and her co-founder, Afzal Habib, were also chosen for this year’s prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship.

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ELLE UK at the Women of the World Festival

The Festival took place from 8th to 13th of March in London’s Southbank Centre, celebrating women and girls, and looking at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.

ELLE UK had to be part of it! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1QUvbXK

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ELLE South Africa Impact2 Awards

On February 26th, was held the final judging for the ELLE Impact2 Awards for South Africa.

The South African panel – consisted of successful women, each amazing in leadership and commitment to social issue – elected Thato Kgatlhanye as the overall winner. Thato is the founder of Rethaka Trading which manufactures Repurpose Schoolbags, solar-powered backpacks, made from recycled plastic. These innovative bags charge on a child’s walk to and from school, later transforming into a light to enable them to finish homework and study at night.

Thato will represent South Africa on April 7th in Paris for final grand prize.

Find out more on the event on: http://www.elle.co.za/elle-impact2-awards/

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** ELLE Impact2 for Women : An International Award for Female Social Entrepreneurship

9 editions of ELLE along with the investment firm Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have joined forces to promote women entrepreneurs. Each of the editions will be holding a local competition to award one woman-led business or a business dedicated to female empowerment. The 9 semi-finalists will come to Paris to compete for the final grand prize, the “ELLE Impact2 Award” at the IMPACT2 ceremony on April 7th, 2016.

The award is aimed at encouraging and supporting effectively a :

  • woman-led or female-empowerment dedicated entreprise
  • viable business model
  • social entreprise that is bringing innovative solutions to major social, societal and environmental issues
  • social entreprise in launch phase or pre-development stage (in test period having convinced a number of customers, OR the service or product has already been sold but entreprise has growth potential. 

The participating ELLE editions (listed below) will lend their support by covering the projects editorially and providing mentoring to the winners :

  • France
  • USA
  • Belgium 
  • Canada
  • India
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • UK

 

Here is a ‘Who’s Who’…

Le Comptoir de l’Innovation

One of the leading social investment companies operating in France and the US, promoting and investing in the development of social enterprises worldwide.

Impact2 – through the Comptoir de l’Innovation, the Impact2 Forum is a cycle of international events engaging business leaders, policymakers and financial institutions dedicated to the promotion of social entrepreneurship worldwide. For the last 4 years, the Comptoir de l’Innovation has gathered more than 1500 decision makers from more than 50 countries in City Hall of Paris.

ELLE Active Forum in Lyon, France

For the second year, the ELLE Active Forum has been hold in Lyon, on February 1st. Gathering 800 women and 50 experts, this one-day event was the opportunity to discover which relationships women have with ambition and what are still the barriers to their success.

Find out the event report on elle.fr: http://bit.ly/1TFTtHf

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An award for ELLE Women in Society in Japan

The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards, which honor the most outstanding achievements of communications professionals in their respective fields, announced the 2015 winners. ELLE Women in Society, the event encouraging working women in Japan, was selected as the winner for the fashion and beauty category. Congrats ELLE Japan!

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