The names of the eight new laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative were announced this week, in a digital ceremony that was held at the end of a virtual, three-day gathering, by Cartier, to discuss the challenges of our time.
The 2021 version of the Cartier Women’s Initiative program aims to look at how to create and sustain the efforts made by female changemakers in order to create a ripple effect that will be felt by future generations.
The three-day virtual gathering was hosted by Cartier's president and CEO, Cyrille Vigneron, and saw the company bringing together global thinkers such as Jacqueline Novogratz, an entrepreneur and author, Maria Shriver, the founder of Shriver Media and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, actor Yara Shahidi and more.
The eight laureates were chosen by an international jury that looked through 876 applicants from over 142 countries. All awardees share a desire to create positive change in the world by reducing inequalities, pushing for responsible consumption, encouraging climate action and advocating good health.
“For the past fifteen years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has celebrated women impact entrepreneurs. It has long been our belief that to thrive, they need an enabling environment, a supportive ecosystem and an empowering culture. During the virtual gathering, like-minded individuals and organizations from all horizons have joined us to explore how we can collectively uplift these outstanding change-makers. We look to the future with confidence by their side, as we witness them building up a tide of change, thus making the world a better place for generations to come,” said Vigneron.
The eight awardees will each take home US$100,000 in prize money while the second and third runner-ups will receive US$30,000 each.
They will also get a chance to participate in specially organised collective workshops, training and international networking.
Keep reading to find out more about these eight incredible women and how they have succeeded in changing the world.