[Equal] New ideas to empower women and girls in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. win a US$ 25, 000 grant

Keller Seitz Monika (Prs) monika.keller at sl.ethz.ch
Tue May 3 11:22:09 CEST 2011

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What can happen in 5 minutes? You can brush your teeth, watch a YouTube video, eat a bag of chips, book tickets to catch the latest blockbuster... or you could come up with an idea that's going to change the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

This month, the world celebrates 100 years of International Women's Day and while women have come a long way, the facts today remind us that the work must continue.

  *   Women work two-thirds of the world's working hours but earn just 10% of the income.
  *   Two-thirds of children denied primary educations are girls.
  *   Women own less than 1% of the world's property.

Through empowerment, women are given more opportunities to stand on their own feet and better support themselves and their families. This has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth.
'Project Inspire: 5 minutes to change the world'<http://www.5minutestochangetheworld.org> is a joint initiative from UN Women Singapore and MasterCard Worldwide. It's all about giving you 5 minutes to pitch an idea that is going to empower women and girls. And if you can get people to vote for your idea and convince our expert panel of judges, we'll give you a US$25,000 grant to go out and make your idea happen. Submissions are open now and close on 30 June 2011. Please see below for the poster on the initiative, or click here<http://www.5minutestochangetheworld.org/application/resources/downloads/poster_design.pdf> to download it from the Project Inspire website.
So get creative. Keep it real. Join the conversation. Inspire others. It only takes 5 minutes. Log on to www.5minutestochangetheworld.org<http://www.5minutestochangetheworld.org>.

Kind regards,

The UN Women-MasterCard Project Inspire Team

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