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On Thursday, March 13, Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard jointly hosted the official 2014 launch event for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Save the World. More than 90 social entrepreneurs, media, corporates and members of the public were in attendance. Notable guests included last year’s winning team, Protsahan, as well as 2011 finalists…

Media Release US$25,000 social enterprise grant on offer with Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard’s joint initiative, Project Inspire March, 2014: Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard announce the fourth annual Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World campaign, together with global consulting firm Bain & Company and academic partner INSEAD. Launched…

Behind the international competition, there’s a small but dedicated team who help make Project Inspire happen. Get to know the members of our office team… Amra Naidoo Role: Project Inspire team leader Originally from: Zimbabwe Moved to Singapore: April 2013 Favourite saying: “Life is too short and unpredictable not to live it exactly as you…

Future Plans as LIFE Concludes  After winning the Special Recognition Award at Project Inspire 2012 – 5 Minutes To Change The World, LIFE launched entrepreneurial management courses which equipped women headed householders to enhance their knowledge in agriculture and improve their reinvestment capacity. These training programs allowed them to fend for themselves and their families….

How can games and digital technology make an impact in menstrual hygiene awareness? Here are profiles of organizations looking at creative ways to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene! Menstrupedia Menstrupedia is an online portal which aims to spread awareness about menstruation and shatter myths and misunderstanding around the subject considered taboo in India. Menstrupedia is…

Adaikkalam tends to her garden in her backyard with enthusiasm with her walking aid beside her. The ground nuts have blossomed in season and this fills her with pride and joy. After years of struggling alone, today, she is an empowered woman, able to stand on her own two feet and care for her family…

A perspective from Georgette Tan, co-founder, Project Inspire It has been three years since the day I met with Trina Liang-Lin, President of UN Women National Committee Singapore, over coffee one morning and we came up with the idea that is Project Inspire today. It was in 2011 and we were thinking of how we…

By Rosalyn Kutsch For many women around the world, menstruation is more than mere annoyance. Superstitions and stigma surround this natural bodily function, jeopardizing women and girls’ health and welfare. Public reluctance to address issues regarding reproductive health seriously inhibits the potential of half the population. In countries where strong taboos surround menstruation, menstruating women…

In June, we launched the “Not Just A Piece of Clothing” initiative in partnership with Goonj. After spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene and women’s health to over 600 women in India, we were looking forward to head back to the villages to interview healthcare workers and rural women for their feedback. We wanted to personally hear from…