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UN Women’s Project Inspire seeking Life-changing Idea

UN Women Singapore and MasterCard have started a joint initiative called “PROJECT INSPIRE: 5 Minutes to Change the World” to help you create a better world of opportunities for women and girls in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

The initiative is inviting submissions of life-changing ideas on how to make a difference. If you have an inspirational idea that can empower women, improve their livelihoods and change the world, then you can submit it here. If your idea gets selected, you can win US $25,000 to make it a reality.

The idea should be creative and should make a meaningful impact with the limited resources you have. It should be practical enough and must inspire others to do the same. It should be accessible, doable, measurable and sustainable. The idea should lead to the empowerment of disadvantaged women or girls through education, skills training, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship.

Ideas should be submitted in form of a video running for a length of five minutes. Applicants sending the submissions should be 18-35 years old.

Besides the winner getting the $25,000 grant, there will be a special recognition to the Best Financial Literacy/ Livelihood proposal which will win a start-up grant of US$10,000. Finalists will get an opportunity to come to Singapore to present their inspiring idea to an expert judging panel. You will also attend a workshop on sustainable social entrepreneurship and presentation skills training.

Submissions are open from 8 March – 30 June 2011. For more information, visit this link.


Comments

  1. ochanya ekahinu says:

    this is a really good work helping women and ovc’s ,this will go a long way helping children education and empowering women through out the world and expecially in Benue state. keep it up.

  2. RITA MBAH says:

    Sir/Madam; do I need to fill an application form, if so, please can i have the form? Also, how does the video CD gets to you

    Thanks.
    Rita from Cameroon

  3. RITA MBAH says:

    I really thank God Almighty for this brilliant idea to assist women in these areas of the world where the female child is still really vulnerable. i work in a faith-based organization in Cameroon,Africa.
    Here, activities are really being done in this area of helping women, but i think the failure comes from the fact that little is being done concerning the root causes to the problems faced: HIV/AIDS infection, single parenthood, family separation, lesser economic empowerment of women, etc.
    We can all agree that when faced with a withered tree or a tree that has bore bad fruits, leaching all resources on the branches, leaves, and fruits (being the effects of a problem), will bring out little and tentative results; but if the roots of the tree (being the causative agents of the problem) are well taken care of so that they can tap the resources for the well-being of the whole tree, will bring out a greater and sustainable outcome.
    i therefore wish that at the end of this contest, we will have a project that will first see to the root causes of the problems women face, before attaining to their effects
    Thanks
    Rita

  4. Okullu Daniel says:

    I’m much impressed with your call for inspirational project ideas that will empower women so that they enjoy thier full rights, potential, ownership of resources and equal powers just like men despite thier sexual orientation and cultural/perceptional differences.

    I’m the Executive Director of a civil society organization called Development Path For Community Transformation (DEPCOT)and we, very much buy your call for the above proposal however we would like some detailed explaination on submission which you said must be in video form.

    Also, we request that you to help us get link with other development partnerers.

    we operate in Northen Uganda and our Vision is ‘an empowered society with improved quality of life’

    Cheers

  5. Abbi I.D says:

    Idea: Seeking gender justice at domestic level

    Thank you so much. Me – from USWO Organization (Minority rights and gender empowerment based organization in Somaliland); well, it would be great inspirational change to seek gender justice at domestic level, because there have been long missing rights and cultural legacy discrimination against the voiceless minority women in Somaliland as follows:

    1. Minority women/girls are double discriminated by majority clans and their own husbands;
    2. They don’t have the right to be educated, employed, nor do they have a proper health services for the vulnerability left by the discrimination;
    3. Have no the opportunity to address out their rights; because of, being illiterate and voiceless;
    4. They are internally displaced population and live in poverty;
    5. They are always trafficked for modern slavery, sexual/prostitute exploitation and human organ removal acts;

    As USWO organization, above mentioned issued would be eliminated through conducting inspirational attitude changes and issues as follows:

    1. Create income generation activities through vocational skill training centers; in order to, minimize poverty;
    2. Mobilize state authority, country law/decision-makers and legislations to review and address minority gender rights at national policy level to eliminate discriminatory norms against minority women; (including the role of human rights organizations/institutions at grass root level)
    3. Create education opportunities for them and;
    4. Detailed so and so on… ;

  6. Abbi I.D says:

    Idea: Seeking gender justice at domestic level

    Thank you so much. Me – from USWO Organization (Minority rights and gender empowerment based organization in Somaliland); well, it would be great inspirational change to seek gender justice at domestic level, because there have been long missing rights and cultural legacy discrimination against the voiceless minority women in Somaliland as follows:

    1. Minority women/girls are double discriminated by majority clans and their own husbands;
    2. They don’t have the right to be educated, employed, nor do they have a proper health services for the vulnerability left by the discrimination;
    3. Have no the opportunity to address out their rights; because of, being illiterate and voiceless;
    4. They are internally displaced population and live in poverty;
    5. They are always trafficked for modern slavery, sexual/prostitute exploitation and human organ removal acts;

    As USWO organization, above mentioned issued would be eliminated through conducting inspirational attitude changes and issues as follows:

    1. Create income generation activities through vocational skill training centers; in order to, minimize poverty;
    2. Mobilize state authority, country law/decision-makers and legislations to review and address minority gender rights at national policy level to eliminate discriminatory norms against minority women; (including the role of human rights organizations/institutions at grass root level)
    3. Create education opportunities for them and;
    4. Detailed so and so on… ;

  7. Well wishes to all of you because you are woking in Positive direction but as social work student (student because till death we are still learning)I focus on low/No cost development to make them self-dependent.

    thanks & Regards
    Sushil

  8. Really this is a great effort to make women empower. I have a idea but problem to form in video mode. I am from social sector working for last 8 years and have done master in social work from BHU (University). We can do empower to women and family to through low cast development. Family or women itself generate fund and they will work for better future.

    For example:

    Village- XYZ

    Total house hold- 950

    Step to generate fund:

    Step-1- One village level meeting will be organized and one people from each family will be medatory to attend the meeting.
    Step-2- Discussion points in the meeting
    • Development of women status,
    • Development of family status,
    • Employment to women,
    • Status of health, education and livelihood will be well.
    Step-3- We will select one director, one secretary and one treasurer, 7 people will be in decision making and monitoring the work.
    Step-4- Each family will collect 50 rupees ($1.21) every month.
    Step-5- Every month village will have 47,500 ($1158)
    Step-6- After 6 month village will have 285000 ($6951)
    Step-7- Whole family will select 100 families who don’t have source of income and listing will be in from of whole village.
    Step-8- Each 100 families will get 2,000 ($48) to buy goat or start small shop @ 5% interest.
    Step- 9- Village will distribute 2, 00,000 to 100 families.
    Step-10- Source of income for village is:
    a. Every month Rupees 50 from each family.
    b. 5% interest from 100 families.
    c. Donation if village has reach family.
    d. Bank Interest from bank of collected money.
    Step-11- Again next time village will select other 100 families for same process.

    Every time village will generate fund anf time to time selection of 100 families will be benefited.

  9. thanks for yoru helping for poor pepale in the world, so that we are in somalia so we need to get for international support, the heard offfice our oraganizaton is Hargeisa north west of somali regions

    thanks very much

  10. SON Chumchuon says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We have the great honor would like to introduce you that the Khmer Kampuchea Krom for Human Rights and Development Association (KKKHRDA) is an independent, unexploited, non-profitable, and non-governmental agency. It was initially created by the groups of people with genuine willingness and national spirit who support human rights, democracy, and rule of law.

    VISION
    Khmer Kampuchea Krom people live legally with the respects of basic rights and freedom, decent livelihoods, dignity, progress, and harmony.

    MISSION
    KKKHRDA’s mission is aimed at working with the Khmer Kampuchea Krom people through dissemination of knowledge, education and skills, establishment of community networks, intervention, and advocacy for human rights and democracy.

    GOAL
    The program is intended to promote community peace through the reduction of conflicts and discrimination, increase knowledge of human rights and relevant laws and provide skills to meet the people’s needs.

    Value:
    KKKHRDA believes that:
    • All policies and projects are developed and implemented with gender equity and equality;
    • Both association and community are responsible for all forms of work, self-disciplined, and effectively flexible; and
    • Demonstrate firm commitment and genuine willingness in the implementation of its activities with high responsibility and effectiveness.

    Through this introduction, please may you kindly tell us do the NGOs in Cambodia have the eligibility to seek funding from the UN Women’s project.

    With Respectfully,

    SON Chumchuon
    Senior Program Coordinator

    Khmer Kampuchea Krom people and vulnerable youth
    live legally with the respects of basic rights and freedom,
    decent livelihoods, dignity, progress, and harmony.
    #67, Street 2011 (Borey Preynokor Community),
    Kouk Khleang Village,Phnom Penh Thmey, Commune, Sen Sok
    District, Phnom Penh.

  11. We are in developingcountries, our womenare suffering lot of problem.Between men and women are very big Gap. We will together fillup this gap otherwiseit will become very big gap.I am wondering how much time to take this gap fillup?

  12. Established a center to develop youth talents in slums could you direct our line of intrusion to seek support from you.
    THANKS

  13. omolade oladejo says:

    How do you apply for this,do i submit here and how,thanks.

  14. SEO, Nepal (Social Empowerment Organization) says:

    Dear, Sir/Madam
    Greeting from Nepal
    My name is Umesh Kumar Gupta, Director of SEO, Nepal (Social Empowerment Organization). SEO, Nepal (Social Empowerment Organization) is non profitable, non governmental and non political organization; it registered in District Administrative Office, Social welfare council and NGO federation. It is working for the preservation and protection of women rights, child rights and land rights of poor farmers and landless people, compelled to endure the atrocity of society and which are deprived from eccess to the governmental resources and services. This organization increase the awareness of it’s right holders related to their rights and enable them to claim for it by the government and society. Dalit, Indigenous people, women (specially women of muslim Community) and children, landless and poor people are the right holders of this organization.
    It is very necessary to work for against girls and child trafficking in Nepal. Because women are compelled to endure the women violation such as child marriage,verbel and one sided divorce system, burka system(As per muslim communty every women is born for the service of her husband, give birth to young one. She have no right to talk with any male person, so that just to save from other male persons eyes husband or chief person of the family force to women or girl for wear a cloth whereby, a whole body from head to toe can cover), girls trafficking, multi marriage system, domestic violence etc. in this country. All these violence take place because of lack of awareness, superstitious, and irrational thinking and of cource because of poverty. The core cause of girls and human traffacking is poverty and many women are burn in the greediness of dowry. According to the research 20000 to 25000 girls has been traffic every year.
    This organization belife that all these violistion can be terminate by conducting awareness programme amongst the society.
    In the beginning, this organization started to work collaborating with VDC (Village Development Committee) in the form of network, and then as per suggestion of different government agencies and civil society, we registered our organization. We have long experience of working for the excluded communities and we are success too.
    Vision
    communities without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to a life with dignity.
    Mission
    To empower poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice.
    Goal
    To ensure poor and excluded people’s sustained livelihood and to enable them to lead a dignified life by securing rights.

    Our core achievements yet,
    Currently we are working in the 4 Village Development Committee of Banke district and we have a huge network in 5 district of the Nepal. The main achievement of this organization are given below
    • 2686 Muslim girls of Banke district began to go to the school and colleges.
    • Verbal divorce system is gradually reducing.
    • Women violence is gradually reducing from muslim from working area.
    • 122 women of muslim community are began to assist their husband in income generate.
    • According to the paraspur VDC (Village Development Committee)46.23 Percent muslim women are began to use contraceptives.
    • Landless people are continuing claiming for their rights to land.
    • 69 girls are saved and rescue from trafficking.
    • And many more.
    We hope you will kindly provide an opportunity to work with your reputed organization. If we’ll chanced to work with your organization, we will provide you complete satisfaction or return your fund back.
    Thank you
    Umesh Kumar Gupta
    Director
    SEO, Nepal (Social Empowerment Organization)

  15. John Watmelik says:

    Peace Project Management Services is a community based organisation that provide project management support to women groups in the selected districts in Papua New Guinea. As a community based organisation, it was pioneered by unversity graduates from the University of Papua New Guinea and led by one John Watmelik, who is a Monitoring and Evaluation Practitioner. He leads a team of graduates to train young men and women on their basic role in monitoring and evaluation of projects that have been allocated under their local government grants. Most of the youths do not know that there are funds available for them to utilise. Through the training they are given the planning and M&E tools to effectively and efficiently apply and implement a grant that has been given to them. The Peace Project Management Services is a non-government organisation that aims to play a liaison role between the community based organisations and their government or donor agencies.

    The Strategic rationale of the Peace Project Management Services is to promote quality life in a peaceful, safe and secure community. To this end, the people targeted by any donor program or government grants need to participate actively in the design, implementation and M&E of the project activities.

  16. Nigel Mbaya-ngia Fomumbod says:

    InterFaith Vision Foundation Cameroon (IVFCam) is an NGO in Cameroon with HQ in Bamenda Centre. IVFCam’s mission of developing the capacities and providing direct support for improved livelihood at the grassroots with target Widows, OVC and PLWHA, has changed the lives and reshaped the destiny of Widows and would be widows of over 243 local communities.
    From our baseline results and other sources, grassroots Widows and women in Cameroon and Africa, need liberation from Obnoxious traditional malpractices, stark illiteracy and ignorance, poverty and financial management and accessibility.
    Our \Grassroots Widows Support Program\ funded by Women World Day of Prayer and the AusAID, has recorded tremendous success in creating a better and sustainable world of opportunities for women and girls. the program which uses a Rights Based Approach, has as one of its major component an integrated Human Development. this allows for the empowerment women (Widows)to secure their rights and improve their livelihoods as the new grassroots Social Entrepreneurs.
    it will be an amazing Change for the women in Cameroon, Africa and the entire World if this loadable initiative is scaled up to touch other regions.

  17. Idiris Farah Muse says:

    We astablished organization called Africa Youth Development Association (AYODA) based In Borama Awdal Region somalia.This was founded as a Non-Governmental Organization in January 1st 2003, by a group of youth in Borama Awdal region Somaliland. AYODA works in collaboration with the Somaliland government, UN, international agencies, and local organizations. AYODA believes that the communities can create sustainable solutions for the problem that they encounter.

    AYODA members funded and established the Vocational training program in June, 2004, which provides different skill training to youth. The main objectives of this program are to empower the youth with skills to get employment opportunities and to improve the socio-economic status of low in-come returnee and IDPs families in Awdal region. VTP consists three pillars those are literacy and numeracy, Life skills & marketable skills. Such as office management/Computer, Ectricity, Electronic,Masonery,Audio-video,Plumping,carpentry,Alluminium metal work and tailoring Since the establishment of this program over 950 male and females have been trained in different skills.

    Regards
    Idiris Farah Muse
    AYODA Education Project Manager

  18. CHENWI ELVIS FUH says:

    Dear Sir/Madame
    MY PROPOSAL
    My proposal for PROJECTS that can INSPIRE/EMPOWER women;
    -projects that can INSPIRE & EMPOWER WOMEN must be oriented towards what the women are currently doing.women could be empowered in every domain of life that helps them throughout their livelihoods.For example if a woman is a farmer she needs to be empowered in that domain.Be it what ever domain in life women should be empowered in that focus to earn their livelihoods.
    -Women could as well be empowered through capacity building and trainings,after women must have acquired such skills,they could now be empowered to work and improve on their livelihoods AND MAKE THEIR IMPACT FELT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES in that SPECIFIC domain.
    -finally women could be empowered through massive sensitization all over the world or in the respective communities in which they live on GENDER ISSUES,EQUALITY BEFORE GOD AND WOMEN EDUCATION ON THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN UNITING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A WORLD WHERE THEY ARE HEAVILY MARGINALIZED .I BELIEVE IN THIS RESPECT, WOMEN WILL NO LONGER BE LOOKED UPON AS A WEAKER SEX.
    FEMALE INTEGRITY WILL GREATLY IMPROVE.
    THANKS
    BEST REGARDS
    CHENWI ELVIS FUH
    BAMENDA- CAMEROON.

  19. M.Ibrahim Leghari says:

    We established a non profitable organization in the name of FATIMA WELFARE ORGANIZATION IN THE PART OF ASIA (Pakistan country) in connection with the spirit/aim of welfare of children, women,girls and poor families in the field of primary education, health and development of agriculture field to facilitate/accommodate families belonging to poor families.
    Waiting for your guidance and accommodation :

    Thanks
    M.Ibrahim Leghari
    Director
    Fatima Welfare Organization

  20. Anil Ingale, YUVA India says:

    Youth for Unity & Voluntary Action (YUVA), is a non-profit organization working with marginalized communities on human rights and empowerment from 1984. It works for the promotion of the social, economic, political and legal status of communities with special reference to women from marginalized, disadvantaged, unrepresented and under-represented communities, and for protection and promotion of their human rights.

    YUVA has been working with underprivileged and marginalized women, particularly from slum communities of cities, since its inception in 1984 in Maharashtra, India, with the aim of bringing about an improvement in the social, economic, political and legal status of women and girls.

    The organization’s efforts have been geared to facilitate an empowerment of women in communities, and simultaneously work at the policy level towards reforms in policies and laws with a gender perspective.

    Capacity building and awareness programmes on legal, health, gender, self help groups, support groups and group building with women in communities, aimed at making law and policies accessible to the marginalized women, have been an integral part of YUVA’s work from the initial stages.

    YUVA is running a community Video Unit (CVU) ‘Hamari Aawaz’ from last four years. Under this project we have achieved a lot of things at community level also at individual level. On bases of this we want to apply.

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