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Deadline extended to October 10 for Mexican applicants: Kering Foundation Awards

Due to the earthquake in Mexico, the deadline for Mexican applicants to apply has been extended to midnight (GMT+1) October 10, 2017

The Kering Foundation and MakeSense support social entrepreneurs.

The Kering Foundation Awards support the innovative ideas of social entrepreneurs committed to tackling violence against women. In partnership with MakeSense, the Kering Foundation Awards enable selected social entrepreneurs to scale up their impactful social business models via financial support, a 6-month acceleration programme and professional mentoring.

Launched in 2011, MakeSense accelerates the impact of social entrepreneurs by connecting them with individuals ready to take up their challenges. To enable anyone to help, MakeSense constantly creates problem-solving workshop methodologies and train every passionate volunteer.


The Kering Foundation Awards, in partnership with MakeSense, cover five countries*: France, Italy, Mexico, UK and US. Depending on the eligibility and quality of the applications, a maximum of five winners will be selected - one per country. The two most convincing projects will receive a grant of €10,000, whilst the three others receiving €5,000. In addition, winners will benefit from a 6-month acceleration programme through the MakeSense incubators network. Winners will also receive 2 years mentoring support from Kering Group employees.


Any social enterprise that benefit to women affected by or at risk of violence against women (i.e. domestic violence, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, trafficking, etc.), is eligible to apply. Women at risk includes migrant women, minority women, etc. Entrepreneurs must be located and operating in one of the following countries: France, Italy, Mexico, UK or the US.

All legal entities are welcomed as far as they meet the below criteria:

• Creating social impact/value by:
     - Preventing or responding to violence against women through service provision
     - Empowering/protecting women affected by or at risk of violence

• Applying sustainable economic/business model
• Reinvesting profit to achieve social purposes
• Involving entrepreneurs and co-founders on a full-time basis
• Projects that include men in combatting violence against women will also be examined



All applications must be submitted online, by midnight (GMT+1) on September 30, 2017. You are free to answer in English, French, Spanish or Italian. Applicants will be contacted by the end of October 2017, with more information on the selection process. The winners of the Kering Foundation Awards will be announced at the beginning of 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

* The Kering Foundation Awards will soon be launched in China and Hong Kong, terms and conditions to be communicated later.

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Improving access to housing for women victims of violence

On 11 May 2017, La Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes (FNSF) published a legal guide entitled 'Logement et violences conjugales' (Housing and Domestic Violence).

It aims to "better support women victims of violence, from their departure from home to access to a new accomodation," says the Federation.


How can a violent partner be removed from the home? Under what conditions can the lease be transferred to the woman who is the victim of the violence? When leaving home, what solutions exist for relocation, how to apply for social housing and what financial assistance can this woman ask for?


These are questions that women victims of violence can wonder, to which this simple and practical guide wishes to respond.

Written for associations combatting domestic violence, the women they accompany and actors of social housing, it is organized around 34 fact sheets and six themes.


Available in digital format, this guide was also edited and printed in 1,000 copies thanks to a grant from the Kering Foundation. For any paper order, please contact



FNSF combats domestic violence in France. FNSF operates the national help-line 3919 that offers listening, information and guidance; coordinates a network of 65 local organisations providing help and shelter to women victims of domestic violence and their children. It also provides training to network members and to other community stakeholders, such as social workers, health professionals, law enforcement officers and elected officials.

Since 2009, the Kering Foundation has been a partner of the FNSF. This partnership is built around a charter to prevent and combat domestic violence, which commits the Group to training its employees in France. In addition, the Kering Foundation supports the Federation's media campaigns.


An International Women’s Day … but an everyday fight.

Despite the significant achievements made for women condition during the past century, the situation is still far from being sorted out in 2017. Violence, inequality in wages and opportunities, access to education and health, are challenges that still remain for the years to come.

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Kering Foundation sheds a light on the actions of its partners, who are on a daily basis engaged in the field to improve the life of women survivors.



La Maison des Femmes in Saint-Denis (France), is a place of welcome, listening and support where women arbirth control contraception, abortion, cares for female mutilation, rape or physical and psychological violence, the team of La Maison des Femmes offers women the most appropriate care to restore their integrity, freedom and dignity. This house is a concrete response in the fight on violence and discrimination against women.

To celebrate the International Women's Day, La Maison des Femmes is offering to its patients a whole week of activities:

  • On Tuesday 7, a screening of Ne Dis Rien, a Spanish movie about a woman who triesto break the cycle of domestic violence.
  • On Wednesday 8, a makeup tutorial in presence of a photographer who will take portraits of the participating women.
  • On Thursday 9, a computer workshop to teach women the basics of coding, in partnership with
  • On Friday 10, a screening of La vie de Liliana, a documentary on the life of a Romanian woman migrating to France, followed by a discussion with an expert. 

Each activity is a way for women to break their routine and do something for themselves.

At La Maison des Femmes, we believe women's courage and resilience should be celebrated every day of the year, and that is what we want to achieve. “



Excision, Parlons-en! aims to raise awareness, spread regular information and foster the commitment of international and national organizations to abandon Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

In France, 3 out of 10 girls, whose parents come from communities where FGM is practiced, are at risk of being cut, mainly during the holiday trips to their native country.

In order to protect these young girls, the Excision, Parlons-en! Association with its partners and members, launches a prevention campaign for teenagers from March to June 2017, including three main tools: a website for teenagers, videos and posters.

Visit Excision Parlons-En website for more information!



Women’s Aid is a UK national domestic abuse charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.

Every year, Women’s Aid uses the International Women's Day as an opportunity to raise awareness. This year the association will be using social media to debunk the myths that surround domestic abuse, and call for people to become Women’s Aid Campaign Champions: by giving survivors of domestic violence a voice, they ensure that politicians decision makers are listening. Sign up to be a campaign champion here!



It’s On Us is a cultural movement aiming at shifting the public narrative on sexual assault on American college campuses. It engages a diverse set of partners and collaborates with local leader students to build campaigns that contribute to implement policy change on their campuses.

This International Women's Day, It's On Us is proud to celebrate the progress of female activists working to end sexual assault on campuses and in communities across the United States. It's on all of us to #BeBoldForChange and be a part of the solution to end sexual violence.

If you are in the US, you too can #BeBoldForChange by signing up to host an It's On Us Week of Action event during this April!



The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), is fighting domestic violence in the United States. This association offers support to victims of domestic violence and empowers survivors to build new lives.

This year for International Women's Day, NNEDV will be in NYC meeting with the Global Network of Women’s Shelter and for the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

NNEDV will also be hosting their first annual Economic Justice Summit in Detroit. For more information, visit the event page!



We End Violence provides an innovative model to raise awareness and change behaviors leading to gender-based violence in the US. The organization is committed to creating a culture where it is safe for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories and heal; to change the cultural myths and norms of discrimination; to encourage men to see their role in preventing violence; and to build alliances that will empower more people to speak out.

We End Violence will participate on March 8 to “A Day Without a Woman” to stand in solidarity with @womensmarch.



Established in 2004, HER Fund aims to support marginalized women in Hong Kong through fund raising, grant making, capacity building and public education.

For the International Women's Day, HER Fund is planning a SHERO Night. A SHERO is a woman or a man who supports women's rights. It is thanks to the many SHEROS that it is possible to make changes for the advancement of women rights and gender equity.

This dinner will be held on March 18th to celebrate the achievements of all individuals who have been involved in improving women and girls’ rights.

If you want to support this dinner, please click here!



Launched in 2006, Starfish Project is a social enterprise managed by and for women in Beijing. It is committed to giving hope to exploited women and girls by helping them regain freedom, independence and develop a career though jewelry design and production.

It allows them to change their lives by offering them a roof, a psychological accompaniment with dedicated counseling, and access to training and employment.

For the first time, these women and girls are being celebrated for their accomplishments, and encouraged to imagine they can build a better life. 

For the International Women's Day, all Starfish jewelry pieces will be 25% off! Don’t hesitate to buy now, it’s here!

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