"I'm a firm believer that media can be a tool to change the perception that men have on women."
"A lot of programs that we [at the Womanity Foundation] are doing is, we start things and we collaborate with people. That's been the big frustration for me in philanthropy, there are not enough people collaborating together and too many people doing the same thing."
"We have a program to help social entrepreneurs scale their impact, with consulting firms although we initially started with pro bono."
"For girls' education we have two programs in two countries. First one is in Afghanistan, where we transform state schools into model schools. We don't do what the government should do, which is paying the teachers and the infrastructures. We train the teachers, we develop the curriculum with them and we bring other activities like introducing sports into women schools. [...] We believe in giving the same chances."
"One of the core principles of Empow’Her is to work really closely with local organization to transfer skills and to help them carry out their project."
"You may wonder what is a social enterprise, the model stands somewhere between the NGO model and traditional business model. (...) So we created San Jai, that is, San Jai in Thai means „weaving hurts“. Basically women who are in these shelters are being trained and then they produce handicrafts and then these handicrafts are being sold to customers."
„But it’s not only about handicraft“, it is about regaining self-confidence through the creative process to earn decent wage and work in a safe environment.“
“Instead of seeing challenges we saw a lot of incredible opportunities”
"(…)the women. Instead of seeing them as victims of violence, we saw them as incredibly talented professionals.”
What you give is what you get was our motto with Luisa during these six months, but actually we received way more than what we gave"
"We created two collections of products, and these are made from up-cycled material. This is from rice bags, and we believe that even though our main goal is a social goal we also have an environmental duty and we should be as ecofriendly as possible. Our biggest challenge but also achievement was definitely to train those women, and we’ve trained fifteen women, and we called the director of the center last week and she told us that many more women are coming to the training that are now very successful."