Munich/Berlin (ots) – Every day, people around the world work to ensure greater inclusion, inclusion and diversity in their immediate environment. Sometimes with few means but a strong spirit, they live according to their own plan and thus make a necessary contribution to a more just and tolerant society. A total of ten international foundation projects were recognized for their commitment to the model on 24 May 2023 in a ceremony at the Center for Cultural Innovation (IIH) in Berlin. Together with the voluntary and non-profit organization SWANZ, the initiative from Germany is one of the winners of this year’s awards.
IIH, a long-term partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, supported by Accenture, recognizes and facilitates innovative projects that promote cultural dialogue and understanding, leading to peace, cultural diversity and …. inclusive global society. . The Berlin ceremony was accompanied and led by Dr. Mandeep Ray, author of “The Value Compass,” and Miguel Angel Moratinos, Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Chief Representative of the UNAOC and Elka Horstmeyer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources and Real Estate, Business Director, all are sponsors of IIH Holding.
The Berlin Swans claim: “More Fatima on the management floor!”
The award-winning organization SWAN is committed to a skills-oriented labor market, equal opportunities and community participation. Under the slogan “More Fatima on the management floor!” The program supports female students and young scholars with an immigrant background growing up in German-speaking countries, black women and women of color (BIWoC) in all matters related to work and careers. More than 1,000 women, “swans,” have already benefited from the platform, which provides voluntary soft skills training, coaching, and career counseling. The main idea of the project is to encourage women who face intersectional discrimination to set their expectations high and stand up for themselves.
“The empowerment and empowerment of women is very important for sustainable development on a global scale. Recognizing and supporting the Center for Cultural Innovation will go a long way in building a cohesive and empowered generation of women across Germany,” said Martha Dudzinski, Managing Partner at Swans. .
Through the Center for Cultural Innovation, Swans will have access to networking, funding, an intensive 12-month training program to build their own skills and career guidance from experienced trainers from UNAOC, BMW Group and Accenture to support their project “More Fatmas on the Executive Floor!” A more inclusive and equitable society This model of partnership between the United Nations and the private sector has significant impact, as partners bring their own expertise to ensure sustainable growth for each project supported.
“Today, civil society is evolving in dynamic and impactful ways, with grassroots innovation at the forefront of driving meaningful change. The organizations we’ve recognized as part of the Center for Cultural Innovation are exemplary. We’re proud to increase their contribution to diversity, mutual respect and get together. In addition, we are very pleased with the long-term cooperation with the BMW Group and together we will continue to connect, strengthen and strengthen this grassroots initiative,” said Miguel Angel Moratinos, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Chief Representative of the Union of Civilizations .
“At the BMW Group, we know that understanding, inclusion and equality across cultures can greatly strengthen the communities in which we work. The Center for Cultural Innovation helps us set the stage for good work like that of the Swans. Their motto and commitment, ‘Schwanen’ is an important social challenge, which also drives the company in Germany with solutions in which the BMW Group has been actively involved for many years,” said Ilka Horstmaier, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Human Resources and Real Estate, Business Director.
Best Organizations in the Center for Cultural Innovation 2023
This year, CSOs from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Mexico and South Africa were selected from nearly 900 applicants. Their projects include climate justice initiatives, gender equality and empowering women to promote art, sports and culture for social change.
More about the SWANS project: https://interculturalinnovation.org/swans-initiative-more-leylas-in-leadership/
More information and a summary of all award winners can be found at www.interculturalinnovation.org ( https://interculturalinnovation.org/ ).
BMW Group Corporate Communications Milena Pighi Spokesperson for Policy and Corporate Communications Corporate Citizenship Email: [email protected] Phone: +49-89-382-66563
United Nations Organization of Civilizations (UNAOC), Program Coordinator Alessandro Gerola Email: [email protected]
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