The names of the 7 laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative were announced virtually today on both the Cartier and the Cartier Women’s Initiative’s websites and social media channels. These laureates were selected by an independent international jury committee amongst 1200 applicants from over 162 countries. The 2020 laureates are making a positive change in the world by promoting good health & well-being, reducing inequalities, building sustainable cities and communities and encouraging responsible consumption and production. And for the first time since the Initiative’s creation in 2006, we are happy to count Danish and Australian women impact entrepreneurs amongst the laureates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for people all around the world, and particularly for the 21 Cartier Women’s Initiative fellows as many early stage businesses were deeply challenged and had to step up to survive. The fellows’ ability to leverage their existing business models or to pivot their businesses during this time and new environment was both critical and admirable.

As an international luxury Maison, we are global citizens, aware of and listening to the wider world. More than ever, we remain committed to use our voice and actively support those who are trying to make the world a better place, which is the case of these outstanding women entrepreneurs. It has been incredibly inspiring to witness their determination, resilience and creativity. We are immensely proud of their work, and thankful for their global contribution to our society. – Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International

The 7 laureates of the 2020 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative:

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Nigeria

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: Adriana Luna Diaz, Mexico

NORTH AMERICA: Stephanie Benedetto, USA

EUROPE: Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen, Denmark

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Nadia Gamal El Din, Egypt

EAST ASIA: Chunguang (Charlotte) Wang, China

SOUTH ASIA & OCEANIA: Joanne Howarth, Australia