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Past Winners in the category Gender Equality

2017 - Gender Equality - Category Winner

Sustainable Health Enterprises

Sustainable Health Enterprises - To affect social, environmental, and economic change, SHE28 utilizes a comprehensive market-based model to manufacture and distribute locally sourced eco-friendly pads, driving job creation and tackling the status quo.

Category Finalists: 1 Million Women, ASHRAY, invi, Promundo (co-coordinates MenCare campaign), SWEEP, Frontier Markets

2016 - Gender Equality - Category Winner

Mann Deshi Bank

Born in Mumbai, Chetna Sinha abandoned the urban lifestyle to pursue a career in farming in the drought-prone area of Maharashtra in Western India. As a result, she experienced first-hand the difficulties facing women in this region, from the lack of financial support to the fact that they are not treated as viable entrepreneurs. She went on to develop India’s first rural co-operative bank owned by women. The Mann Deshi Mahila Bank is a micro-enterprise development bank working with low-income women, which provides business loans. She established a business school for rural women to provide training in entrepreneurial skills. Since 1996, Sinha has been organizing women in rural areas of Maharashtra in the fight for land and property rights and she launched a community radio station, providing a platform for sharing information. She also set up a toll-free hotline linked to India’s Chamber of Commerce to give rural women financial advice. Mann Deshi aspires to launch 1 million rural women entrepreneurs through partnerships with social enterprises and mainline financial institutions in India. Sinha was named India Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for her work with Mann Deshi, and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.
2015 - Gender Equality - Category Winner

Akili Dada

Akili Dada is an award-winning leadership incubator investing in girls and young women from underprivileged backgrounds who have a passion for social change
2014 - Gender Equality - Category Winner

The Gender Equality Principles Initiative

The Gender Equality Principles Initiative is a public-private collaborative formed by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Calvert, and Verité. In 2008, these three partners drafted the Gender Equality Principles. The Gender Equality Principles offer practical standards to which companies can aspire, and a measure against which they can assess their progress on fundamental issues of gender equality. The Initiative has developed several tools to help encourage the use and implementation of its comprehensive principles, including: a web-based assessment to help companies understand their policies' strengths and weaknesses in terms of gender-responsiveness, a resource database, and, most recently, the Gender Equality Challenge. All of the Initiative's materials and tools have been created with direct input from a range of companies, non-governmental organizations, and experts in gender, human rights, labour, employment, and legal issues to ensure that they are operationally relevant and can be used effectively and extensively.
2013 - Gender Equality - Category Winner

We Care Solar

This Berkeley, CA based nonprofit, founded in 2009, delivers solar electricity kits to off-the-grid maternity clinics and hospitals to power lighting and medical equipment, saving the lives of many mothers and babies who would otherwise be delivered in the dark. It also serves hospitals and clinics with unreliable electricity.
2012 - Gender Equality - Category Winner

Safe World for Women

A five-year-old UK-based NGO that works with grassroots groups around the world to promote women’s economic empowerment through training and access to finance for small business. Its website includes dozens of stories and interviews about international women’s rights and issues, including recent pieces about reproductive health in Indonesia and the challenges faced by women candidates running for office in Kenya.
2011 - Gender Equality - Category Winner


Maternova is a web-based innovation portal: one part long-range media company covering innovations focused on saving lives in childbirth, one part marketplace for lifesaving ideas and tools.

Gender Equality

Gender Equality

Gender equality is a precondition to overcoming starvation, poverty and epidemics.

Khalid Malik, Civil Servant
Entire societies develop for the better when women are enabled to be fully contributing community members. Strides in gender equality lead to strides against all forms of discrimination. This category covers programming and initiatives designed to improve the overall state of women, provide them with more opportunities, and defend their right to equal treatment alongside men.

Meet the Experts:

Adriana Hoyos

Adriana HoyosSenior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Adriana Hoyos is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University and a Consultant on financial innovation, strategic governance, international development and digital economics.
Expert Panel
Policy Panel
Award Categories
Gender Equality
Andreyana Ivanova

Andreyana IvanovaDiversity Adviser, London Borough of Havering

Andreyana Ivanova is an Equality and Diversity (E&D) Practitioner with a wide public sector experience gained within the Greater London Authority, other local authorities and third sector organisations.
Expert Panel
Validation Panel
Award Categories
Gender Equality
Ann Cotton

Ann CottonExecutive Director, CAMFED International

Ann is the Founder and Executive Director of Camfed International, widely recognized and respected as an example of the best practice in girls’ education.
Expert Panel
Impact Panel
Award Categories
Gender Equality
Dorian Baroni

Dorian BaroniPresident, Dorian Baroni

Dorian Baroni is an Executive Coach, Leadership Programs and Retreats Faculty, and Organizational Advisor.
Expert Panel
Impact Panel
Award Categories
Gender Equality

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