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Key Insights - #PlayExchange Twitter Chat

The following is a list of key trends and insights from the first #PlayExchange Twitter Chat.

The Play Exchange Launches the Active at School Challenge

The Government of Canada and Canadian Tire are challenging students, teachers, principals, school boards and parent councils to get involved in promoting active and healthy living across Canada by joining The Play Exchange.

Announcing the 1st #PlayExchange Twitter Chat on April 8th


Do you want to learn about the innovative ideas and programs that are helping Canadians become healthier and more active? Do you have ideas for encouraging healthy living in Canada?

'Leaning In' And 'Pulling Up': Women's Economic Equality In The Middle East

“Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world – the numbers tell the story quite clearly,” says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her 2010 TEDx Talk. Sandberg’s advice to women in her New York Times bestseller, “Lean In,” is relevant across the globe: less than half of working-age women worldwide are employed, they are paid less on average than men for the same work, and the chances of rising to the top of a Fortune 500 company are not in a woman’s favor.

The Most Innovative Solutions of the "Women Powering Work" Competition

Investing in women creates a multiplier effect for society: better health and education outcomes, societal resilience, reinvestment in communities, and national prosperity. While progress has been made globally, women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) still face some of the most daunting barriers in asserting their economic rights.

“Women currently make up half of the world’s population, work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half the world’s food, but only earn 10 percent of the income and own less than 2 percent of the world’s property,” according to Ashoka Fellow Ben Powell of Agora Partnerships. Moreover, the MENA region has one of the lowest rates of female labor participation in the world.

Accelerating Women Changemakers: A New Way of Doing Business

Take a look at the key insights from our Twitter Chat with top women's empowerment organizations: "Accelerating Women Changemakers: A New Way of Doing Business."

3 Takeaways from the Women Powering Work Twitter Chat

Did you miss the last Women Powering Work Twitter Chat? Have no fear! Take a look at the Storify recap below for the best insights from innovators and thought leaders:

Who Are the Early Entry Prize Winners?

General Electric and Ashoka Changemakers launched the Women Powering Work competition on August 21, 2013, to source the most innovative solutions working to advance economic opportunities for women in Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan.

Weekly Buzz: Top 3 Reads on Women's Economic Equality

What is the Women Powering Work community buzzing about this week? Check out these great reads about current trends in women’s economic equality:

Twitter Chat: Announcing Early Entry Prize Winners


Ashoka Changemakers, in partnership with General Electric, has been searching for innovations that enable the full economic participation of women in the MENA region through the Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality in MENA competition. It is time to announce the Early Entry Prize winners of the competition and share innovation trends from our outreach with a broader audience.

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