“What more do I want? All that I deserve.” Those are the words to the readers of ELLE Italy.

ELLE Italy thought to give an answer to this question by asking it’s readers to participate in an ambitious project : “Cosa voglio di più ?” – What more do I want ? A big editorial survey to understand what are the desires and ambitions of women.

In further details, this analysis will be done throughout the year by using online surveys and open comparisons on social media, and through ELLE’s pages with interviews, in-depth discussions with experts and appointments.

The results of the survey and the online observatory on the issues that matter most to women, will give a postcard of the future in which women and their goals will become the protagonists and which each month will be the starting point from which ELLE will begin to deepen the feminine themes through its pages.

These questions will be further examined during the 4th edition of Elle Active from 9 to 10 November 2019 in Milan.

Find out more on ELLE Italy’s website: https://www.elle.com/it/magazine/women-in-society/a26589511/cosa-sognano-donne-futuro/

C40: WOMEN4CLIMATE Mentorship, Paris

 

C40 aims 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.

Do you have a project for climate or air quality in Paris? Join the empowerment program #Women4Climate! You have two weeks left to apply, do not wait any longer: https://www.c40.org/other/women4climate-paris-2018

 

Mentorees from WOMEN4CLIMAT in Paris, first edition

The Happiness Index

ELLE INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES THE 2nd EDITION OF ITS WORLDWIDE SURVEY ON WOMEN AND THEIR HAPPINESS: THE HAPPINESS INDEX 

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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.

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 Impact2 Award in Milan: Orange Fiber

ELLE Italy and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation announce Orange Fiber, as the winner of the ELLE Impact2 Award* in Italy.

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Most of us wouldn’t look twice at a piece of orange peel left to waste. Enlarge the scale and think of all the industrial waste from citrus fruits in the world and you might reconsider what happens to that piece of peel. 700,000 tons of citrus products, go to waste each year in Italy alone. Orange Fiber wants to transform this waste into a wearable, sustainable and biodegradeable textile, which also endorses the Italian tradition of high quality materials in fashion.

The idea behind Orange Fiber was first proposed by Adriana Santanocito as the subject of her thesis in 2012. The theory was then put into motion with the help of co-founder, Enrica Arena and after patenting the company together in 2013, the first protypes of the fabric were made. Thanks to extenstive research and entrepenerial support, the optimized samples were released in 2015 and this year sees the official launch of Orange Fiber fabric ; a silk like material which can be coloured and printed just like traditional fabrics. The material will be showcased in collaboration with a high-end fashion brand who puts the same emphasis on sustainable products, made in Italy.

It may be just the beginning for Orange Fiber but the brand certainly has a strong vision for the future, thanks to it’s replicable production method. By 2020, Orange Fiber predicts to produce 400,000 metres of fabric from citrus fruits, by using an environmentally friendly process, which could be used the world over. Meaning that the cost of the product could eventually be lowered, putting the material in competition with more polluting fabrics, such as polyester or cotton. The Orange Fiber brand will above all, be recognised for being based on sustainibility and well-being.

As winners of the Award, Adriana and Enrica will attend the ELLE Impact2 Award’s, final in Paris on the 7th April 2016.

Find out pictures of the event on ELLE Italy’s website: http://www.elle.it/Magazine/Elle-Impact2-for-Women-foto-premiazione

* An award for Female Social Entrepreneurship

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 Impact2 Award

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In April 2015, ELLE France and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation co-operated to design and launch the ELLE IMPACT² AWARD, a unique award dedicated to female social entrepreneurship. The first edition took place in France and rewarded a female social entrepreneur during the Impact² ceremony in the Paris City Hall.
This year, for the second edition, the award gets international!
Female entrepreneurs from all around the world will be rewarded and portrayed by ELLE magazine. National competitions will be driven in nine countries: Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA.
All the national finalists will meet in Paris in April 2016 for the 5th Impact² Ceremony, and an outstanding award will be granted to one Laureate chosen among them.
Find out more on: http://www.impact2elle.com/

Women in Society: The Happiness Index in South Africa

What is happiness and what does it mean for a woman to be truly happy? Most importantly: how happy are we? Find out the Happiness Index results on the ELLE South Africa’s website: http://www.elle.co.za/elle-happiness-index-results/

 

Women in Society: The Happiness Index in Canada

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Are women around the world truly happy? 10 International ELLE editors weigh in on the state of women in societySee more on ELLE Canada’s  website at: http://video.ellecanada.com/3923935897001/ELLE_Women_in_Society_The_Happiness_Index