BackpackX is an educational initiative that uses VR 360 video animations to explore the important issues of our time. BackpackX focuses on educating children from marginalised communities and, in October 2023, the Women Rise team worked with partners in Pakistan including Zindagi Trust and British Council to deliver workshops and inspire children using the power of art, technology and storytelling.
Women Rise collaborated with Synchrony to run an NFT Art Studio activation at the Girls Who Code fair, in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. Over the course of three days, we interacted with over 3000 individuals to help them generate their own artworks and explore the use of coding in NFTs.
We recently announced the launch of an exciting new storytelling platform, Qissa! Qissa, meaning 'story' in Urdu, will embrace the power of art for storytelling to amplify diverse voices of women and girls from around the world.
Qissa will celebrate and represent women in the arts, sciences, sports, activism, Web3 and the Metaverse, as well as spread awareness about girls’ education and women’s rights.
In an ongoing partnership with CAMFED - the Campaign for Female Education - we campaigned alongside them for girls education and to amplify the voices of young women who are leaders of change. We also campaigned together for their Global Sisterhood Pledge to collect 1,000,000 signatures. We encourage you to pledge with CAMFED and us. Pledge link here.
We have hosted amazing speakers on the Women Rise stage, including activist Malala Yousafzai, founder of SOLA Afghanistan, Shabana Basij-Rasikh, and co-founder of Nifin'Akanga, Mbolatiana Raveloarisma. We will keep sharing conversations and collaborating with other activists to widen the impact of our work.
We launched five 1/1 pieces celebrating influential Black women with 100% of the proceeds (primary and secondary) from this collection donated to five organisations that are supporting and contributing to Black women owned businesses, Black artists, and non-profit orgs working to support Black communities in education, healthcare and mental health.
We partnered with Voice HQ to launch an art residency aimed at supporting female creators from underrepresented communities. Each of the 15 artist residents received a stipend of $1,500, we mentored them to mint their NFTs and their artwork was promoted by Voice HQ which resulted in art sales for the artists.
We launched the Rising Women Club to amplify women in art, science, culture and more. Voice HQ artist residency was one of the initiatives under the Rising Women Club. Another example of it is our partnership with CAMFED, the Campaign for Female Education, to highlight stories of female activists and share them on our platform. Conversations with change makers under our storytelling platform, Qissa, is also a part of the Rising Women Club.
Donations of over $130k to Pad Project, Girl Effect, SOL Afghanistan and Malala Fund. These funds will go towards removing barrier that stand in the way of millions, if not billions of girls. These funds will contribute towards ensuring that more girls around the world have the support they need to access education.
We've committed to the Sustainable Development Goals 17 since the inception of Women Rise. We demonstrate our commitment through incorporating SDG 17 goals into the Women Rise artwork to amplify the causes, celebrate activists and to campaign through visual representation. As a female led project we are also contributing to gender equality in tech, business and Web 3.0, through increased representation of women. Finally, we are providing financial means (through donations) to worthy causes that align with SDG 17 goals such as supporting girls' education and women's rights.
We take immense pride in being one of the early adopters to Web 3.0 and being one of the trusted projects that has onboarded thousands of incredible individuals to the web 3.0 space. Almost 40% of the total ~5,600 Women Rise holders minted Women Rise as their first NFT. Many have gone on to find careers in Web 3.0 which is something we're extremely proud of.