Ashoka Fellow Amani El Tunsi featured in “Young, Female and Egyptian”, a short Austrian documentary

Ashoka Fellow Amani El Tunsi, founder of “Banat wa Bes,” was recently featured in the short documentary “Young, Female and Egyptian”. The Austrian made short documentary showcases the work of five Egyptian young women from different backgrounds, their accomplishments, their daily fights and the challenges and prejudices they are facing. In the documentary, Amani presents her work empowering young women to discuss taboo subjects through her radio station and her publishing house.
To watch the full documentary, click on the image above.


Deadline Approaching for “WOMEN POWERING WORK” Competition!!

Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality Online Competition!

Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality Online Competition!

The online competition Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality, launched by General Electric and Ashoka Changemakers, that seeks innovative solutions that will advance economic opportunities for women in the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan, is approaching its entry deadline of November 6, 2013.

The competition is calling for initiatives that enable women to achieve economic equality, strengthen their families and communities, and benefit equitably from economic growth. The judges will pick three winning entries which will be awarded US $25,000 in unrestricted funding each.

As the competition is focused on the MENA region, Ashoka Arab World is happy to spread the word and we call on any individuals, organizations or partnerships that aim to improve economic equality for women in the MENA region to enter the competition or for people to nominate any relevant initiatives. Entries will be assessed on the following criteria: Innovation; Social Impact; Sustainability.

Please hurry though, as the deadline for entries is approaching fast; the entry form must be completed in its entirety and submitted by 6 p.m. EST on Wednesday November 6, 2013.

To enter an idea or nominate an individual, organization or partnership you think may be eligible, visit Ashoka Changemakers website, which you can do here:

You will also find all information regarding the competition at this webpage, including more information on eligibility and criteria and how to present your entry in a way that gives it the best possible chance of succeeding.

Good Luck to all you Changemakers out there!

Paging Opportunity

Souktel brings employment opportunities to West Bank Palestinians through mobile phones. Being finalist in the Women | Tools | Technology competition led to an exciting partnership with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Souktel’s mobile phone JobMatch service helps women find work by SMS: From any phone, users create SMS mini-CVs with basic data on their skills, location, etc. CVs are sent by mobile to a central database, which hundreds of employers search daily. Employers can also create similar mini job-ads and post them on the same database, so job-seekers can search these jobs from their own handsets.

Read more about Souketel here.