Women are amazing. The Women's Startup Challenge highlights the incredible things women are doing. We are grateful to be part of the 25 top competitors. Congratulations to all the companies who competed and thank you to our 76 donors, who believe in our cause and gave $10, $25, $50 or whatever they could to help. We had no donation larger than $500 which supports the idea behind crowdfunding, raise small amounts of money from a large number of people to launch an idea, a company, a mission, a calling and build public support. This is important because after launching our Women's Political Empowerment educational program and our digital library and engagement platform, our next step is to launch Mina's List International, a crowdfunding platform to help aspiring women political leaders, who are committed to advancing women's rights, raise funds for their campaigns for national government. Everyone knows that money can make or break a political campaign. This is especially true for women who have less moneyed networks than men. ML wants to provide women a way to raise political funds beyond the traditional channels. With the grand prize money of $50,000 we will be able to do just that! . How cool...that Crowdrise, a crowdfunding company can help fund a Mina's List crowdfunding platform!
Mina's List was created just one year ago to empower women's political leadership globally because when more women are represented in national government, there is an increase in legislation that promotes human rights, women's right and the welfare of girls and countries have a higher standard of living, including better education and infrastructure, decreased corruption, and reduced ethnic and political conflicts.
The inspiration for Mina’s List was the Hon. Shinkai Karokhail, the only member of the Afghan Parliament to speak up and oppose a draft Shia Family Law, which included provisions that would have significantly rolled back women’s rights in Afghanistan. Shinkai was outraged. On her own, she reached out to the international media. The story was told all over the world and the coverage caused the President of Afghanistan to accept Shinkai’s amendments to the draft law.
Growth in women’s political power is recognized as one of the most important trends in the past 100 years. A 2013 Inter-Parliamentary Union report found that the current global increase in women political leaders could lead to gender parity within 20 years if fully capitalized upon. Mina's List is trending! We are helping to keep the momentum going and reach gender parity by 2035!