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Ashoka Fellows tells their stories at the Women’s Forum on Economy and Society

Women’s Forum on Economy and Society, takes place in France’s Deauville everyyear, hosted Ashoka Fellows this year to talk about social entrepreneurship and social change in the world. Women’s Forum, promoting women’s vision on the key social and economic issues of our era, is one of the biggest event where women from business and social sector get together to exchange ideas and network. The Forum also hosts Cartier Women’s Initiatives Award.

Ashoka Fellows from different countries were invited as “Women Actors Leading for Change”. Sandra Aguebor, the Founder of Lady Mechanic Initiative from Nigeria, Vera Cordeiro, the Founder & CEO of Associação Saúde de Criança Renascer from Brazil, Selma Demirelli, the President of Water Lily Women’s Environment and Cultural Cooperative from Turkey, Jeroo Bilmoora, the Executive Director of Eflatoun and Hasina Kharbhih, the Executive Director of Impulse from India shared their stories and vision with the participants. The Moderator for this session was journalist Françoise Schöller from France 3 Television Channel.

A special exhibition on these women also took place during the from.

At another session, moderated by Ann Harrison from Time Magazine with the headline, Assessing the impact of social entrepreneurship where Vera Cordeiro and Selma Demirelli talked about how
Social entrepreneurship uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to produce social change. Cordeiro and Demirelli discussed how their performance has not been measured in terms of profit and return, but rather through impact on society.


Dave Alexander's picture

Thanks for Sharing

Dear Seydat,

Thank you for taking the time to stream information through PulseWire to activists around the globe. I look forward to your continued posts and our ability to use your experiences and successes at that "multiplier" for the highest good of all.

In Friendship, Dave...

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Lisa's picture

Bold Thinking

This event sounds like an incredible cross-pollination of bold ideas by creative leaders from around the world. How do you think the forum influenced your work afterwards? How do you think the Ashoka Fellows influenced the work and thinking of others who attended the gathering?

Warm wishes,


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