The Aspire Foundation Announces 'The Brave, Bold and Different Women' for 2012

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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, founded by Dr Samantha Collins of Aspire, announces its 3 winners of The Brave, Bold and Different Competition for women in nonprofits who are making a significant difference for women and girls around the world.

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, founded 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, will partner with non-profit organizations that are making a significant difference to women and girls.

This year’s inspirational women winners are:

Claire Burton, Langley House Trust (http://www.langleyhousetrust.org/), ‘Share Your Story’
The Langley House Trust supports women to get their life back on track by working closely with them when they leave prison. Their campaign is about taking these women’s stories and having volunteers take them into places where young women are at risk and to change people’s perception about women who’ve been in prison.

Maria Macnamara, Smalls for All (http://www.smallsforall.org/), ‘Pants to Poverty’
Having turned 40 in 2009, Maria went on another volunteering holiday to Ethiopia and realised that she wanted to do more to help people there. Having read about the important role underwear plays in the health, safety (and sometimes the life or death) of women and girls in Africa, she set about collecting underwear from friends and family and then took it herself to Kenya. She has subsequently teamed up with organizations to distribute underwear to women, girls (and boys) in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone.

Tessy Ojo, The Diana Award (http://diana-award.org.uk/), ‘Celebrating Inspirational Young People - Internationally’.
The Diana Award acts as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief in the power of young women and girls to change the world. So far, 36,000 young people have received special recognition through the award schemes that encourage exceptional young people to continue building a better society for all. Tessy is passionate about positive and inspiring perceptions of young women and girls across the world.

The Aspire Foundation will actively support these 3 women and their 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 campaigns gain 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.

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).

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