Empowerment of Women: Project Inspire Video Contest 2011

24 Apr

PROJECT INSPIRE: 5 Minutes to Change the World, a joint initiative by UN Women and MasterCard, celebrates 100 years of International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of MasterCard in Asia.


  • 18 – 15 years old
  • passionate about making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of underprivileged women and girls
  • Come up with a life-changing idea to empower women and girls in a disadvantaged community within Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa that you would go out and implement.
  • Create your 5-minute pitch – video preferably, or a 2-page written submission.
  • Make sure you’ve covered these in your pitch:

                          1. What is your inspirational idea?
                          2. How will your project change the lives of women and girls in                                    the short and long term?
                          3. How will you/your team carry out the project?
                          4. Explain how the US$25,000 grant will be used to carry out                                      your project, including project costs and expenses
                          5. How will you measure the success of the project?

  • Tell everyone you know about it. Inspire them. And if you get selected for the final shortlist of 10, ask them to vote for you!
  • Upload your video pitch to any popular video website (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Truveo, Youku). Make sure to include ‘Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World’ and www.5MinutestoChangetheWorld.org in your video description. OR for written submissions, please make sure it’s in Microsoft Word format.

Download the detailed Terms and Conditions here.

One Response to “Empowerment of Women: Project Inspire Video Contest 2011”

  1. The Project Inspire Team May 10, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Hi Sheila,

    Hope all is well with you and you are recovering from your surgery!

    On behalf of the Project Inspire team, we’d like to thank you for writing a post for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World on your blog!

    Since the initiative has kicked off, we have seen great interest from inspired people to help disadvantaged women across Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa. We have received submissions from change-agents from countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Cameroon to Vietnam, and Ghana to Pakistan. Some of these submissions include projects to build schools, empowering women with life-skills, and encouraging community farming. In fact, do check out our very first video submissions for Project Inspire at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAmBAAK5Fzg if you have some time! Joseph Benedit Kaifala wants to build a secondary school for young girls in war-ravaged Sierra Leone to help them escape poverty and build a better future.

    These submissions we received are indeed very encouraging—tell us that today’s youth are socially conscious and willing to be part of a movement to drive change. But, there is more to be done to spread the word! We’d love it if you could help spread the word and encourage more people to be part of the movement to help disadvantaged women and girls. One of the ways you can help is to join the
    Project Inspire Causes page on Facebook (here: http://www.causes.com/causes/597940-project-inspire-5-minutes-to-change-the-world) This is where passionate people from all over the world can connect, talk with each other and share their personal stories of inspiration.

    Please just take a few minutes to invite your friends to join the conversation on Facebook, too. We need informed and passionate advocates like you to inspire others and make a difference!

    The Project Inspire team

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