Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. Unconscious bias remains prevalent across geographies, and in every venue imaginable–from classrooms to board rooms. Fortunately, some key innovators are identifying the acupuncture points capable of shifting entire systems. Their solutions combine behavioral design with empowerment; they focus on sectors of strategic importance; and they re-frame and deconstruct gender, to name a few.

They are the visionary changemakers guiding ​Next Now/Gender towards a world where gender bias is a thing of the past. Because it's the 21st century!

In the coming months, the Next Now/Gender team will be assembling a team of visionary co-creators who will shape an ambitious vision for the field and narrow in on an initial set of audacious goals to team up around. Stay tuned for more details.


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Nearly a year into the pandemic, a clear victim has been hard-won advances for women’s rights worldwide. In this Forbes interview, Zeynep Meydanoglu sat down with Viviana Waisman, human rights defender and Ashoka Fellow, to understand what can be done about it and what’s next for the gender justice movement.

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In the wake of the racial justice movement in the US, many people in Europe are starting to face their own uncomfortable truths about systemic racism on the continent. Read our interview with Emilia Roig, founder of Berlin's Center for Intersectional Justice. Zeynep Meydanoglu sat down with her to explore how we can move faster towards equality by addressing injustices across lines of race, gender, age and more.


What do Pap Smears and Bystander intervention trainings have in common? Ashoka Fellow Emily May breaks it down in our Forbes interview

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Naomi Tulay-Solanke is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Health Initiative (CHI) working at the intersection of women’s health and women’s rights in Liberia. Read the full Forbes interview.

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As part of our series on the future of Planet & Climate, we sat down with Ashoka Fellow Cynthia Ong of Forever Sabah to learn about the circular economy model she is facilitating on the island of Borneo—one of the most bio-diverse regions on Earth.

"We are trying to ignite in each person the idea of a Forever Sabah. Forever, we will protect and preserve this heritage so that it is accessible to future generations. We want people to find their own expression of what “forever” looks like." Cynthia Ong.



Mon, 24 Aug 2020

Isabella Lenarduzzi has been a social entrepreneur, an expert in communication and event organisation for 35 years. Her areas of interest include gender equality, employment, education, training, entrepreneurship, innovation and European public affairs. Isabella is also an Ashoka Fellow since 2013. Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who are recognised to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society.

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 to Wed, 15 Jul 2020

Save the date! The WISE Up Online Series is taking place July 13 - July 15.

The current global health crisis has underlined the urgency of building an Everyone a Changemaker (EACH) world - one in which every individual is equipped with the mindset, support, and skill set to respond to social challenges and lead change.