GE and Ashoka Changemakers are seeking your innovative solutions that will advance economic opportunities for women in MENA, strengthen their families and communities, and enable them to benefit equitably from economic growth.
Three winners of Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality in the MENA Region will each receive US $25,000 in unrestricted funding to support their innovations. Enter before the early entry deadline (October 2, 2013) to be eligible to win one of two additional cash prizes of US $1,000. The entry period closes on November 6, 2013.
Please read our Welcome Letter to learn more about our search, and visit the Guidelines, Criteria & Prizes page for more information on how to enter.
For questions, email [email protected].
Three prizes, each totalling US $25,000 in unrestricted funding to support your innovation.
Early entry prizes, one of two US $1,000 prizes.
Winner is Announced
- LaunchAugust 21, 2013
- Early Entry DeadlineOctober 2, 2013
- Entry DeadlineNovember 6, 2013
- Finalists are AnnouncedDecember 4, 2013
- Winner is AnnouncedJanuary 15, 2014
Omayma was paying for a crime she didn’t commit.
After taking out a loan to finance her sister’s trousseax, her father convinced Omayma to sign as a guarantor claiming it was “just a formality.” When he passed away, Omayma was left responsible to pay the price.
Unable to pay back her father’s E£ 7000 (about $1,140), Omayma was sentenced to three years in prison. “He has always been lucky,” Omayma said. “He died and left me the bill to pay – it cost me my freedom and my children too.
As luck would have it, Omayma would soon become journalist Nawal Mostafa’s first success story.
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“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.