The Aspire Foundation Fights the War Against Women and Launches 'The Brave, Bold and Different Campaign 2012'

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The 'war against women' exists globally. Women and girls make up 70% of the world’s poor, perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, earn only 10% of the income and own only 1% of the property. The Aspire Foundation, started by Dr Samantha Collins of Aspire believes that if more women gain business, social and economic freedom, the world will become a more equal, ethical and balanced place. 'The Brave, Bold and Different' campaign inspired by the late Dame Anita Roddick founder of the Body Shop and activist will partner with selected non-profit organizations that are making a significant difference to women and girls and who are bravely working in areas that are considered by the mainstream as challenging and unglamorous. Examples would be organizations that work to support women in the areas of suicide, war, rape, prostitution and violence against women.

Women and girls make up 70% of the world’s poor, perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, earn only 10% of the income and own only 1% of the property (global UNDP study, 1995)

The Aspire Foundation, started by Dr Samantha Collins of Aspire believes that if more women gain business, social and economic freedom, the world will become a more equal, ethical and balanced place

'The Brave, Bold and Different' campaign inspired by the late Dame Anita Roddick founder of the Body Shop and activist will partner with selected non-profit organizations that are making a significant difference to women and girls and who are bravely working in areas that are considered by the mainstream as challenging and unglamorous. Examples would be organizations that work to support women in the areas of suicide, war, rape, prostitution and violence against women.

The Aspire Foundation will actively support 3 charities for a period of 12 months and we will promote their campaigns through our website, live events, networks and promotional materials to businesses, corporations and charities around the world.

The Aspire Foundation's sister organization Aspire Companies will ensure that the charitable campaign gains maximum exposure on an international level by spreading the word to over 50,000 women from global corporations already associated with Aspire Companies and The Aspire Foundation, so increasing visibility, chances of corporate sponsorship, funding and support. In addition, winners will be able to attend all Aspire companies events, workshops and webinars over the next year free to support their leadership, business and personal development.

See what last year's winners had to say about being a BBD winner at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHLnvRDqVoc

"A massive great big thank you for the opportunity to be part of such a fantastic initiative in 2011. I was amazed at the power of thoughts, words and experiences shared, the international connections made. My mind & vision has been opened up and exposed and what lies ahead only my wisdom now knows!"
Tracey Ford, Founding Director, JAGS Foundation, Brave, Bold and Different Winner 2011

To be considered as part of the BBD Campaign for Women 2012, applicants need to submit a written or video application (of no more than 1,000 words or 10 minutes in length) clearly stating why they should be considered, outlining what the charity or non-profit organization does, what the Campaign is and how it impacts the lives of the women and girls.

There is no cost to apply and no cost throughout the 12 months.

All completed applications, must arrive at The Aspire Foundation no later than midnight (UK time) on Friday 1st June 2012. Simply email to jjenkins@theaspirefoundation.org clearly marking the Subject Line - THE BBD CAMPAIGN 2012

"So, BE BRAVE, BE BOLD and BE DIFFERENT and if any one of you are told by anyone else it can't be done, that the business case doesn't work and the customers don't really give a toss about anything other than the products just say "Up yer bum!"
Dame Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop and activist

Notes:

The Aspire Foundation was founded by Dr Samantha Collins, CEO of Aspire Companies, the leading coaching consultancy for women leaders and 'One of the Top 200 Women to Impact Business and Industry (presented by Her Majesty, The Queen)', Leader in the Workplace' Award for Women's Social Leadership (Ogûnte) and 'One of the Top 10 Coaches in the UK' (Independent on Sunday).

Contact:
Janet Jenkins, The Aspire Foundation jjenkins (at) theaspirefoundation (dot) org
http://www.aspirecompanies.com
http://www.twitter.com/aspirewomen

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