France: ELLE loves the planet!

Last friday, 5th of October 2018, the French edition of ELLE have hit the newsstands with a 100% “Green” special issue. With natural inks, biodegradable wrapping, no vernish, the magazine has been printed on paper coming from sustainably managed forests.

In this issue, you can find the “100 environmentally-friendly actions to adopt”, the latest mobile applications that matter, reports/storys, other advices to eat better or also an interview of stylist Stella McCartney.

An issue definitively focused on ecology, to help us changing our habits and better consume.

Women4Climate Paris

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”

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.


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.


ELLE Women In Society in South Africa

WISELLE South Africa launched the Women In Society property in 2014 in timing with ELLE International’s global survey on women’s status in society. The worldwide survey, The Happiness Index, sets a precedent for our commitment to South African women – to celebrate, commend and create a voice for female game changers, talented individuals and local initiatives across a wide and varied spectrum of industries. Our plan is to conceive and develop conferences, panel discussions, real and online live debates that provoke conversation, create awareness and strengthen our closeness and interaction with women in South Africa.

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Sor’ELLE d’Europa 2013, from ELLE Italy

logoIn 2013, Sisters of Italy welcomed Sisters of Europe, an overview of the main women topics. Back to fight! Career, welfare, violence, maternity and work-life balance, artificial reproduction rights and freedom of choice. They all were included and developed in The White Book presented by Elle to Italian government three years ago. Since then nothing happened in Italy. That’s why, starting from April issue, we’ve been telling you which are the women-friendly countries in Europe.

By Alessandra Pon, Senior Lifestyle and Special Features Editor of ELLE Italy

APRIL “We’re not Atlas” Women are bearing the crisis burden and making up for missing welfare program. Soon they won’t make it anymore as a consequence of the temporary employment increasing.

“Stop the violence” Spain is the country that declared war to violence against women stronger and better than others by fighting its stems (stereotypes, behaviors, discriminations) and refunding the victims. It’s hard to say no to abuses and mistreatments but good laws can help: the rate of women murdered by men dramatically dropped in just a few years.

Capture d’écran 2014-03-05 à 19.48.46MAY “Baby’s coming…let’s move up North” Northern European countries set a strong financial commitment to maternity. The task-sharing works. Dads in Stockholm and Helsinki take proudly their parental leave. We Italians should keep up with Europe, economists say. Look at these puzzling stories: an Italian engineer who lives in Sweden and took a four months parental leave and an Italian mum who lives in Finland and is dreamlike supported better than in her home country.

“Mums and dads in Europe” Which are the most family-friendly countries in Europe? Sweden, Norway and Finland stand out as the largest investors while Austria is ranked first for the amount of parental leave weeks. What about Italy? It comes in 11th place out of 15.

“A baby? It’s better in North” Forget The Big Chill. Finnish government pampers its mums and even care for organic nappies. In Sweden only a few dads don’t spend their parental leave in looking after their baby. Even employers realize that juggling paps and tantrums improves some skills. Which ones? The conflict management, for instance.

JUNE “Baby’s not coming” The third episode of Elle’s mission trip in European most women-friendly countries is all about fertilization techniques. Every year 4 thousands couples travel abroad because of Law 40 bans. That’s why the famous gynaecologist Carlo Flamigni sounds the alarm: ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) procedures shouldn’t be a privilege. As to adoption, Holland and France have something to teach us.

Capture d’écran 2014-03-05 à 19.49.29“The French Revolution” France gets to the heart of the hot matter. Under a new law, gay couple may adopt and marry and soon get at ART procedures. A new Civil Code is born: no longer mums or dads but simply parents.

JULY “The best school” What really helps women today? Education. As a child they can express their talent at their best, then fulfill it at work. As a mum they should be helped out in nursing their children. In Italy there are few outstanding nursery schools, afterwards the excellence is missing. Human capital improvement is more and more important. Here lies our future.

“It’s a cakewalk” Science has always been a male-dominated world. Are women scientists less influential? Two university women professors debunk this myth and turn the tide. The neuroscientist Alice Mado Proverbio says: Don’t underestimate yourself. The aerospace engineer Amalia Finzi restates: We need successful role models.

“Mums’ nursery” Baby Loup in Paris suburbs is a paradise island for working mums: a nursery school open 24/7.

OCTOBER “Women versus work” Italy versus Europe in 10 questions” Less and less women in the workforce implies decline that means low birthrate i.e. consumption drop. A vicious circle that hurts everyone in Italy. Two economists at Bocconi University examine the differences between Italy and Europe and focus on solutions.

“He the loser, she the winner?” This is the good news: female employment rate is growing. This is the bad news: it’s rising because of male unemployment. Men lose their job and the plot. Here you have three topical stories: a hotel manager once I.T. graduated who migrated from Eritrea; an unwilling stay-at-home mum once architect; a manager assistant and breadwinner mother.

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NOVEMBER “Being a woman and a worker doesn’t pay off” The Gender pay gap. In Italy, according to a recent survey, working mums are paid less than men and the best educated ones struggle to climb career ladder. Yet pay equity is almost reached in Denmark.

 “Because I’m worth it!” Women’s earnings are lower than men’s already at kick off. Poor self-esteem and missing meritocracy are crucial factor but we can fill the gap according to five human resources managers.

DECEMBER “What about gender quotas? They work!” In Italy the number of women members of management boards has almost doubled in less than 18 months, thanks to a challenging law (the so-called Golfo-Mosca Law) that sounds: make better and more efficient use of available resources, that are women.

“The ten thousands charge” That’s the number of women expected to get on Italian boards by 2015. The Lady Manager Revolution is on.

Alessandra Pon

Women in Society : the ELLE International Survey

Happiness and you: give us your feedback!

Are you confident regarding your future? What is your greatest source of happiness? In your professional life, do you feel discriminated as a woman?

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, ELLE decided to give you the floor. Fill out a survey on your idea of ​​happiness and your vision of women’s place in Society, and take part in a global initiative. To participate, simply answer the questionnaire below.

All international editions of ELLE are participating in this major operation to collect a range of current states of readers around the world on the situation of women. This survey is part of the ELLE commitment towards women and aims to better understand their concerns.

Stay tuned for the results!

The ELLE Foundation, France

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“The history of ELLE is a story of women.

Fighting for their place, defending their rights and asserting their role in society… These values have been the fundamental goals pursued by the magazine’s founder, Hélène Lazareff.

The ELLE Foundation, created in 2004 by the Lagardère Active Group in France, reflects those exalted objectives, still relevant today as they were in the past, by pursuing them beyond the pages of our magazine and editorial columns.

There is a relationship between us and our readers that does not stop at words or ideas, but which continues to be made, whenever and wherever we are able to encourage the emancipation of women.”

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For women’s and girls emancipation through education

“Educating girls is the basis for progress in our modern societies. Education has taught us to respect ourselves as well as others, to take charge of our lives and defend our values. Through the ELLE Foundation, we wish to further these values and offer them to women who need them the most all around the world.” These were Valérie Toranian’s words when she announced the creation of the ELLE Foundation.

The ELLE Foundation is headed by an Executive Board, which ascertains the strategy and development of the foundation. Valérie Toranian, ELLE Editor in chief, is the President of the foundation. Karine Guldemann, Chief representative, and Chloé Freoa, Projects Manager, daily runs the ELLE Foundation.

It provides funding for projects submitted by NGOs. The projects have to be approved by an Executive Committee that is convened twice a year to select suitable projects. Geographical criteria are not the main issue and the Foundation tries, as far as possible, to work with one partner in each country. The geographical areas are chosen according to the political, social and economical contexts. The projects are selected with regards to their specificity and innovative quality.

It supports all programs aiming to increasing the independence of mothers through informal education, vocational training and social rehabilitation. It supports all initiatives that enable them to send their daughters to school.

It promotes the creation of information networks and tools for women.

It primarily focuses its action in countries where educating girls is the key to long-term economic growth. Among its projects, ELLE Solidarité Mode : An annual national contest which allows three female students from French underprivileged territories to undertake fashion design studies in Paris.

An other one is ROZ, implemented by Afghanistan Libre. Since its creation in 2002, the ELLE Foundation supports the publication and the development of one of the very first Afghan women’s magazine. Nearly 10 years after its birth, the ELLE Foundation supports more than 60 programs implemented by international NGOs, in almost 25 countries.

Contacts :
Karine Guldemann, and Chloé Freoa
Tel. + 33 1 41 34 74 18