Led By HER - Empowering French Women through Entrepreneurship

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Led By HER - Empowering French Women through Entrepreneurship


Text by: Ahmed Bedhiafi


Category: Solidarity


"All women should be able to realize their dreams. It should be that simple. Today it's not." - This is how Led By HER, an association based in Paris, France start their story about the need of women empowerment in France, but also around the globe. Over ten percent of women in France and one in three women in the world are subject to violence. Therefore, Led by HER was created with an aim to specifically address the professional needs of women who have suffered from violence in order to enable them to create their own projects.
"Led By HER wishes to create a world where our initiative would have no reason to exist because equality would be a reality and not a struggle. Discrimination and gender violence would not exist, and diversity in business and entrepreneurship would be a fact. Through our activities and actions, we actively contribute to the creation of this world.", the organization members write on their website.
Moreover, in a context where entrepreneurship is highly valued and necessary to contribute to growth, less than 3% of women aged 18 to 64 are engaged in entrepreneurial activity, and less than 30% of French entrepreneurs are women. Therefore, Led by HER are offering trainings to help to vulnerable women to launch their entrepreneurial initiatives. The methodology they use is based on empowerment: they help women boost their confidence, strengthen their skills and capacities and become brave to follow their dreams. The help they provide is not just moral support, moreover, they develop different programmes focused around workshops, trainings and seminars to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and evoke entrepreneurial mindset among their target group. Led By HER also sets various public events to promote women's entrepreneurship and inspire more and more women to start this exciting journey.
In addition to their onsite activities, Led by HER has created an online platformFoundHERLab which mobilizes companies to provide probono skills to women entrepreneurs. They have also set a target to enlarge their community by 250 women this autumn. The organization also offers a pool of mentors, who help each woman capitalize on her own skills and talents, understand what she wishes to achieve, and to put into place the necessary steps for her project by developing a professional plan. "Today we invest in her, so that one day the world might be led by her" is the message and motto of the association, inspiring them to work harder and deeper into women empowerment and entrepreneurship.