Stories of Impact 

Our Stories of Impact series consists of videos and articles that showcase Women Social Entrepreneurs (WSEs) and their hard work. We aim to make space for WSEs from Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore to highlight the work they are doing on the ground, celebrating the power and impact of WSEs. This includes stories from Ashoka Fellows, our Year 1 cohort, and our DIWA cohort.  

Invisible Power of Women and Barriers I: Women’s Multiple Burdens

WSEs do a lot of unpaid, unseen, and unnamed labor in their families, communities, societies, and economies. Care work is vital, yet the women who lead this are severely undervalued. Women have to fit into multiple roles, so they feel guilt both when working (sometimes viewed as neglecting their families) and when not working (sometimes viewed as neglecting their communities and economies). This video looks into how WSEs are coping with and solving these issues, as well as where they need support.  

Invisible Power of Women and Barriers II: Combatting Women’s Stereotypes

Three power structures that women exist in are invisible power, cultural norms, and values that keep them marginalized. According to our report, gender barriers stem predominantly from society’s definition of what a women should be; 10% more women (34.59%) face gendered barriers than men (24.39%). We want to showcase how WSEs are overcoming and coping with some of these stereotypes. 

Reflections on Systems Change and Women’s Roles in the System

Systems are a very important structure to consider when it comes to Changemaking, and women interact with them in unique ways. Women have many roles within these unjust systems, so WSEs creating systems change is important to change perceptions of and opportunities for women.  

Women Social Entrepreneurs: Learning Intergenerationally and Collaborating

We think it is important to have intergenerational dialogue, so we have brought together some seasoned WSEs and younger WSEs. The older WSEs have lots of wisdom to share, and look to have their work built on and expanded upon by the next generations. Younger WSEs highlight the respect they have for elders in ASEAN, and feel it’s very important to be mentored by the previous generation. They also discuss the journey of being a WSE then and now, talking about how to get more women to be WSEs and foster community building.