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Since 2009, MasterCard Worldwide and the Singapore Committee for UN Women have joined hands in raising public awareness toward the issue of economic empowerment for underprivileged women and girls in Singapore and in the region. Our collaborative efforts have touched the lives of more than 20,000 men and women, boys and girls through access to education, skills training, livelihood programs, financial literacy education and public awareness outreach initiatives.

Our Collaboration

Project Inspire : 5 minutes to Change the World

Launched in 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day and the 25th anniversary of MasterCard in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Project Inspire presents 18-35 year olds with a 5-minute platform to pitch their inspired idea to the world and win a US25,000 grant to make their idea a reality.

Their idea, to be submitted in the form of a 5-minute video or written pitch, had to showcase creativity and demonstrate sustainable impact in the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa through education, skills training, financial inclusion or social entrepreneurship.

Endeavour Cambodia

The Endeavour Series took MasterCard employees on journeys to support the progress of UN Women affiliated women empowerment programs in Cambodia. MasterCard employees learnt first-hand about empowerment programs at the grass-root level, its challenges and saw for themselves other social factors affecting the progress of women.

The participants worked alongside women bamboo weavers and their children in Kampong Chhnang, a village located two hours away from capital Phnom Penh. In addition to learning the techniques of creating bamboo handicrafts, participants rolled their sleeves to clean the area around the village meeting hall and taught the local children arts and crafts skills. The participants had the opportunity to meet the head of Kampong Chhnang women development center who provided an overview of the center's development plan and challenges for the local bamboo handicraft industry.

Buy To Save

Our long term Foundation Partner for the event, MasterCard, through their MasterCard Purchase with Purpose™ initiative, had increased their pledge to this cause from $2 to $5 for every MasterCard transaction at the sale in 2013. Based on the concept of transactional philanthropy, it is at the heart of this drive by MasterCard to encourage responsible spending, while simultaneously making a difference in someone else's life.

We are lucky to have a group of MasterCard employees and their family members as long-standing volunteers of Buy To Save. From cashier operators to shoppers' assistance, their passion and marketing skills have proven to boost the number of transactions using MasterCard.

Buy To Save

Financial literacy in Indonesia

Since September 2001, UN Women has been working with other stakeholders in Indonesia through its Program to Empower Women Migrant Workers (part of the Asia-Pacific and Arab States Regional Program to Empower Women Migrant Workers). The program seeks to empower women migrant workers from a development perspective based on gender equality and women's human rights by addressing their concerns and ensuring that their rights are recognized and respected. It does this by serving as a catalyst for enabling policy, and by promoting institutional and socio-economic environments that ensure women equality of opportunity and access to resources and benefits throughout the migration process.

Research indicates that a majority of migrant workers and their families have a pervasive problem with lack of information in terms of migration planning and of knowledge in managing the remittances; debt bondage experienced by both migrant workers in destination country and their families in the area of origin; and, the use of high-risk informal channels when sending remittances.

In response to this situation, UN Women Indonesia in collaboration with Rumah Perempuan Kupang (RPK), a local NGO in Kupang working with women and migration issues, conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Financial Education for Indonesian Migrant Workers and Their Families in Kupang, the Capital Province of East Nusa Tenggara Timor (NTT). The first phase of this program was funded by MasterCard on behalf of the Singapore Committee for UN Women.


8 June 2017 (Thu)
12:30-14:30, Novotel Clarke Quay

4 May 2017 (Thu) to 7 May 2017 (Sun)
10:00-20:00, Gallery II, Arts House

15 April 2017 (Sat)
10:00-12:30, National Gallery, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

30 March 2017 (Thursday)
19:00-21:00, 5 Nepal Park, Singapore 139408 (ESSEC Business School, Asia Pacific)


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