Today, Women Deliver announced the three winners of the first-ever Social Enterprise Challenge at the 3rd global conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Each of the winners of the Global Solutions Awards will receive a $5,000 prize to continue the important work they are doing for girls and women.
The conference featured a series of 15-minute sessions that allowed the social entrepreneurs to share their work with a panel of experts and the Women Deliver 2013 audience. The expert judges included Daniel Rostrup, Outreach Manager for TrustLaw Connect; Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile; Amanda Chen, Associate Director of Commitments & Head of Global Health at the Clinton Global Initiative; Jackline (Jackie) Fesi Mupenzi, Advocacy and Policy Manager at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE); and Sweta Mangal, CEO of Ziqitza Health Care Limited. Rachel Zedeck, Founder of Backpack Farm, facilitated the sessions.
"Women Deliver is excited to showcase the new, innovative, and inspiring work of social entrepreneurs at our third global conference," said Janna Oberdorf, Director of Advocacy and Communications at Women Deliver. "The goal of this contest was to highlight those individuals who are working to make a difference for girls and women, provide feedback and guidance on their plans to move forward, and encourage other entrepreneurs in the field to focus on the health and well-being of girls and women."
The winners are:
Founder: Svetha Janumpalli
Countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia
Purpose: New Incentives is one of the world’s few conditional cash transfer nonprofits. It provides women living on less than $0.30/day the opportunity to earn an income on the “condition” that they invest in some aspect of their own human capital – health, education, or other family or household needs. By offering women the opportunity to invest in themselves and their families, New Incentives helps prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, enables at-risk adolescent girls to pursue secondary school, and more.
More info: newincentives.org
Black Girls Code
Founder: Kimberly Bryant
Country: United States, Africa
Purpose: Black Girls Code’s mission is to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures. Since its inception, Black Girls Code has aimed to increase the computing proficiency of young girls of color to prepare them for upper level STEM curricula in high school. A STEM education can enable girls to study computer science or other STEM subjects at the college or graduate level, and, ultimately, provide them with the necessary skills to work in the technical sector. Black Girls Code targets girls, ages 7 to 17 who are underrepresented minorities in STEM industries (African American, Latina, and Native American).
More info: BlackGirlsCode.com
Founders: Mario Ferro and Mari Sawai
Country: Based in Bangkok, Thailand. Working in all areas in South East Asia, including Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Thailand
Purpose: Wedu hopes to catalyze the next generation of local women leaders by providing innovative financing options for university and lifelong support of mentors. The enterprise creates a positive cycle of development by identifying girls committed to local issues; investing in their education; and mentoring them to lead. These girls can then become the next generation of local leaders, mentors, and financers in their communities.
More info: wedufund.org