Change the world for women in 5 minutes with US$25,000! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

I hope to attract readers of Daily Zamboanga Times to this column today with that big amount of US$25,000.  And with the dollar to peso exchange rate of P40 per dollar, that is a whooping One Million Pesos! This huge money, if put to good use, can make Zamboanga City a better place to live for women, their children, and their families.

All it takes is to share an idea created to empower women for the “Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World” initiated by the Singapore Committee for UN Women in coordination with MasterCard. The project aims to help young changemakers create a better world of opportunities for women and girls in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Launched in 2011 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of MasterCard in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Project Inspire presents 18-35 year olds with a 5-minute platform to pitch their inspired idea to the world and win a US$25,000 grant.

As a matter of fact, a group of young Filipinos won the grand prize with their concept of Hapinoy Program in 2011. Their idea helped women micro-entrepreneurs in Southern Luzon, Philippines. I hope this 2013 there will another group of Pinoys who will share their new 5-minute great idea. And I hope it will come from Zamboanga City. 

In studies around the world, women are challenged by a number of obstacles that restrict their ability to play significant roles in their communities and the broader society. For a long time they have lagged far behind men in key socio-economic indicators that place them at a huge disadvantage. But research shows that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. With proper support, funding and skills development, women can help men and their communities as partner entrepreneurs.

For 2013, Project Inspire invites 18-35 year olds across the world to present their platform of idea that will enable disadvantaged women and girls to attain sustained livelihood through business and livelihood skills.

If there is an existing organization such like this in our city presently, I urge them to visit and get more details how to participate.

By Dante Corteza

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her”. Proverbs 31:28