Four Amazing Social Leaders Redefining the Economy
A huge round of applause to the 4 impactful women connectors, mavens, visionaries, who are redefining the economy, who walk the talk, get their hands dirty, who learn, sweat, swear, but always have time and patience to sit down with you and explain how they've worked it out, and how they are making things move along for the people and the values they believe in.
The winners of the Women's Social Leadership Awards 2013 are
Benita Matfoska - Winner in the category Social Business Leader 2013
Jeroo Billimoria - Winner in the category Leader in the Workplace - Intermediary 2013
Dr Akudo Ikemba - Winner in the category Charitable Organisations and Campaigns 2013
Sofia Bustamante - Winner People's Vote Award 2013
Congratulations to all finalists and for the hard work supporters have also put in to promote their favourite contestants. Huge thanks to our exceptionnal judges and speakers Suzanne Biegel, Zoe Peden, Donna Morton and Melissa Sterry.
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Winner Category Leader in the Workplace / Intermediary 2013
Start and work with what you have, not with what you haven't got.
Try a little experiment: If you think of what would make you happier now, do you think of what you haven't got or actually growing the resources you already have, even in their tiniest form?
Jeroo Billimoria founded Child Helpline in India and grew internationally. After 150 million phone calls, that were largely related to abuse, she discovered that the root of abuse was the lack of self-confidence and lack of money. She started to tackle the issue with street children, because they were the most entrepreneurial, and set up structures to provide financial and social education, and access to the financial system. Through Child and Youth Finance International, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, she also works within existing systems and structures to educate children about money in primary schools.
Jeroo argues that even in the poorest areas, children can save even 1 cent. Some can save up to 50c a year, and sometimes even two to three Dollars, with which they buy slippers and food and they can attend school.
But in all cases, she noticed that even with the best savings attempts, if children don't have a bank account, they will in most cases remain in poverty.
Dr Akudo Ikemba - Mobilising African leaders for AfricaWinner Category Leader in Charitable Organisations and Campaigns 2013
Dr Akudo Ikemba is the CEO and Founder of Friends of the Global Fund Africa (Friends Africa), a pan-African organization that fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria using the capacity of African governments, African businesses and African community-based organizations.
Dr Ikemba says: “Most of the advocates for Africa’s health are based in Europe and America where there is little knowledge about day-to-day life in Africa. Africa must have African-based advocates in all sectors of development. The critical step for the work of Friends Africa was the mobilisation of some of Africa’s best leaders to lead this advocacy”.
With their HQ based in Lagos, Nigeria, Friends Africa trained over 2700 SMEs in Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia through expert consultants and provided the SMEs with the necessary tools to develop Workplace Policies on AIDS, TB, Malaria and effectively manage the adoption of these policies in the workplace.
So, who is best placed to “activate” the change you want to make?
Winner Category Social Business Leader 2013
Winner People's Vote 2013Helping people to be seen as assets, not liability.
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