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.
For the 6th consecutive year, on June 15th, ELLE Japan successfully hosted the ELLE Women in Society event, in Tokyo at Shibuya Hikarie. Through this one-day forum, ELLE Japanaims 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.
Themed “New era for women in a new world”, ELLE Women in Society conducted its sixth event, which is now one of the largest in Japan. Against the backdrop of our current world which faces acceleration in globalisation, changes in technologies including AI, and many social issues such as the declining birthrate and growing proportion of elderly people, the event proposed “attitude toward working” to the women of today.
Guest speakers currently active as leaders in various fields took the stage and gave specialseminars. A wide variety of workshops were also offered, from lessons on applying makeup to improve your likeability, “smile lessons” in facial yoga, running sessions, and kick boxing exercise. A total of over 2,500 working women took part in the event, ending with a networking party.
This year also marked the 30th anniversary of the launch of ELLE in Japan, and a special kiosk with a row of archives had been settled.
Once again, this 6th edition of ELLE Women in Society has been really enriching and inspiring. And rendez-vous is already set for 2020!
On June 2nd 2019 has been held the 4th edition of the ELLE Active Forum in China. A one-day event with a forum, 7 workshops and ELLE Fit sessions, gathering Chinese elite women to express ideas and opinions, to bring inspiration in private life, work life and society in general.
1500 women attended this inspiring event, at Shanghai Tower.
The fifth edition of the ELLE Working Girls Day has been held on November 9th, in Mexico. A one-day event bringing together experts and young women with the goal of helping them to become outstanding in their professional lives.
C40aims to contribute to the emergence of the next generation of climate leaders by sharing knowledge and experiences through an ambitious mentorship programme dedicated to women in C40 cities. This C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Programme – launched in 2016 by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and first woman elected as President of the C40 – will match mayors, committed leaders from the business sector, international organizations and civil society with emerging women leaders.
The Mentors will share their knowledge and experiences, supporting the mentees to become powerful leaders in their chosen field, including politics, NGOs, business, media, and community groups.
The city of Paris is launching its second Women4Climate cohort, being the 6th city this year staging the mentorship programme after Mexico City, Montreal, Quito, London and Tel Aviv-Yafo.
More than 3,500 participants attended the seventh edition of the ELLE Active Forum at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council in Paris, on April 6th & 7th. The program: more than 100 masterclasses and numerous one-to-one sessions with experts to boost his career. But also a day and a half of conference with testimonies of inspiring women, political interviews, lighting specialists or comedy sketches … not to mention the surprise arrival of Carla Bruni to interpret three songs.
Last May, Anne Hidalgo – Mayor of Paris and President of C40-Cities – encouraged parisian women to run for candidates to become “Climat heroines”. On October 16th, the names of the ones who will get concretely involved for climat have been revealed. Continue reading Women4Climate Paris