About The Challenge
Women and girls in Africa and the Middle East continue to face cultural and social norms blocking them from full economic and social participation. These have serious consequences for women, including discrimination in hiring; harassment and physical violence; restrictions on mobility; lack of rights to control income and own property; and unequal share of unpaid care work.
Widespread solutions to overcome these barriers have been twofold: the promotion of jobs and women as entrepreneurs. These alone are not enough to overcome deeper structural and systemic barriers. It is increasingly clear that collaboration – alliances for change – are necessary to bridge the divide. Together, individuals and institutions from the nonprofit, government, philanthropic, and business sectors can maximize their diverse perspectives, resources, and influence to challenge the status quo and improve outcomes together.
How can we support collaboration that enables women to actively participate in the economy and reach their full potential?
The Challenging Norms, Powering Economies challenge seeks to connect women changemakers who are collaborating with unlikely partners – across businesses, governments, and many other... more
Meet the winners
The deadline to submit nominees has passed. We are no longer accepting nominations.
Only nominees will be contacted and sent an application. We are not accepting applications from organizations that were not nominated.
All applications are due on Monday, April 23, 2018, 11:59 PM E.T
From 155 nominations, we identified 12 winning organizations. Some of these organizations sent their representatives to Johannesburg, South Africa for a week of peer exchange, conversations of collaboration, and capacity strengthening.
We are now moving to focus on a second, and final, submission of proposals for 4 additional prizes of $125,000 each. This round is optional and our goal for the next couple of months is to ensure that each Challenge winning organization feels supported to revise their project proposal in a way that enables them to move the work forward. We also aim for the winning organizations to find this experience practical and meaningful whether or not their proposal is selected as a final prize recipient.
Ashoka would like to thank the following partners for their generous support.