The COVID-19 crisis has spotlighted the extraordinary leadership of women, highlighting the value of creating spaces where more women can develop their skills and create meaningful connections with peers. 

Ashoka and S&P Global Foundation recognize the difficulty of the new challenges this pandemic has created for women social entrepreneurs and we want to provide you with a learning journey and community that would support you in navigating through a world with COVID-19. 

Our partnership presents "Women Together for a Better Normal", a 3-month program comprised of a series of 1.5 hour weekly online sessions, designed to aid you in bouncing back from the effects of the pandemic. The program will have several aspects that would allow you to better understand the critical role women play in the society and seek to fulfill such role as a better leader. The sessions will include the following:

To learn and identify the primary systemic barriers and map potential solutions and interventions based on a study conducted among WSEs in ASEAN


To develop more WSEs who will lead organizations and communities with empathy 

To have a safe space and community that will bring diverse WSEs together to learn and empower each other throughout this crisi
To connect with other WSEs who could become lifelong co-leaders and mentors

To co-build the capacity of fellow WSEs towards the achievement of their visions and goals


Ashoka is currently looking for Women Social Entrepreneurs (WSEs) in the Philippines who would want to co-create a community that would support and lead communities through this crisis and towards a Better Normal?

Deadline for applications is on June 30, 2020 (11:59 pm, Philippine time). Contact Mel Balmaceda at mbalmaceda@ashoka.org for more information.

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 to Sat, 17 Oct 2020
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Fri, 24 Jul 2020
ASEAN Report Launch
Sat, 17 Oct 2020
Cohort Graduation


Diamond Leader - Ashoka Arab World (Ashoka Vice President)

Dr. Bibars is the VP of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and the Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World. Since launching Ashoka Arab World in 2003 in Egypt, Bibars has expanded the organization’s operations to 11 countries across the MENA region, identifying and building the capacities of over 100 Arab social entrepreneurs elected as Ashoka Fellows, and raising more than US$12 million to sustain Ashoka’s global activities...