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17.05 - 24.05 2016
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Win stand up tix

Comedy 24.05.2016

Konrad Comedy Club “brings acclaimed stand-up comic Mark Dolan to Luxembourg with his mock self-help show “This Show Will Change Your Life”.

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Fearless femmes

Snapshots 20.11.2014 Tonya Stoneman
Photo: LaLa La Photo

Start-ups: Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in the Grand Duchy.

Organiser Katarzyna Kolodziejczyk during Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Luxembourg
Organiser Katarzyna Kolodziejczyk during Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Luxembourg
Dr. Patrice Caire
Dr. Patrice Caire
Dot Bekker (speaking)
Dot Bekker (speaking)
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Rana Hein-Hartmann (speaking)
Rana Hein-Hartmann (speaking)
Aude Lemogne (speaking); Amy Rose (right)
Aude Lemogne (speaking); Amy Rose (right)
Madiha Arif during Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Madiha Arif during Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Genna Elvin (speaking)
Genna Elvin (speaking)
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Feyrouz Ashoura (speaking)
Feyrouz Ashoura (speaking)
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Ben Fatma Marc (speaking)
Ben Fatma Marc (speaking)
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Panelists and organiser
Panelists and organiser
Agata Jankowiak and Federico Bruziches
Agata Jankowiak and Federico Bruziches
Angelique Supka and Viktoria Valdimarsdottir
Angelique Supka and Viktoria Valdimarsdottir
Ben Fatma Marc and Joanne Theisen
Ben Fatma Marc and Joanne Theisen
Eneida Puca and Gabriela Gheorghe
Eneida Puca and Gabriela Gheorghe
Feyrouz Ashoura and Aïda Patricia Schweitzer
Feyrouz Ashoura and Aïda Patricia Schweitzer
Joanna Gizewska and Karen Wauters
Joanna Gizewska and Karen Wauters
Katarzyna Kolodziejczyk and Maud Majerus
Katarzyna Kolodziejczyk and Maud Majerus
Nadia Mulebo, Aleksandra Kowalczyk, Krystina Charniak and Lisa Francis-Jenniings
Nadia Mulebo, Aleksandra Kowalczyk, Krystina Charniak and Lisa Francis-Jenniings
Karen Wauters and Gigja Birgisdottir
Karen Wauters and Gigja Birgisdottir
Natalia Durus, Silvia Hermeneanu, Dana Moldoveanu, Cassandra Francis and Katarzyna Switalska
Natalia Durus, Silvia Hermeneanu, Dana Moldoveanu, Cassandra Francis and Katarzyna Switalska
Pamela Alfaro, Michelle Pereira Jakobs and Diana Igna
Pamela Alfaro, Michelle Pereira Jakobs and Diana Igna
Rana Hein-Hartmann, Karen Wauters, Madhumalti Sharma and Silvia Hermeneanu
Rana Hein-Hartmann, Karen Wauters, Madhumalti Sharma and Silvia Hermeneanu
Serge Afanou and Annabelle Buffart
Serge Afanou and Annabelle Buffart
Shariq Arif and Madiha Arif
Shariq Arif and Madiha Arif
A selfie of Tonya Stoneman with event organisers; photo courtesy of WED Luxembourg
A selfie of Tonya Stoneman with event organisers; photo courtesy of WED Luxembourg
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day held at the University of Luxembourg campus in Kirchberg on Wednesday
Photo: LaLa La Photo

“There’s a cream puff donut day, turtle day, bubble bath day, lost penny day--why on earth isn’t there a Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED)?” Wendy Diamond asked herself, before launching the official WED. An animal rights advocate and entrepreneur, Diamond has dedicated the majority of her life to helping “underdogs” thrive.

“Historically, women worldwide have been underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underfunded--and underestimated,” she says. “WED is dedicated, determined and driven to change this.” Diamond’s passion and message have struck a deep chord with likeminded women, and men, all over the world. The inaugural WED was celebrated on Wednesday in 144 countries, including Luxembourg.

Two weeks before the event, Kasia Kolodziejczyk, co-founder of GenCreo, an internet start-up, and of the Luxembourg chapter of Girls in Tech, decided to bring the event to the Grand Duchy. An entrepreneur herself, she has experienced the noticeable void of women in the start-up community, often attending pitch sessions in which no women present. “There are not enough places for women,” she says.

For so long, we have been unable to play a role that it doesn’t feel natural. Angela Merkel is the only head in Europe, but when women get together, we are ambitious. I thought, ‘if I could just get 30 women to attend this event, we could support each other’.” As it turned out, 147 people registered and she wait-listed 40 more.

Katarzyna Switalska, an asset management transfer agent who runs Geek Girls Carrots Lux to encourage women in ICT new technologies, helped promote the event. “I think it’s important to bring women together,” she says. “Our issues are different from men’s when it comes to careers and commitments. We need build awareness and promote each other.”

The event was headlined by Marjut Santoni, deputy chief executive of the European Investment Fund. A panel of female leaders and entrepreneurs followed, sharing inspiring stories, achievements and advice. After, attendees networked and dialogued with women from various backgrounds, professions and organisations.

Agnieszka Czupryn, a mother and digital media expert, moved to Luxembourg two years ago from Poland. Last year, she won second place in Start-up Weekend with a venture that allows people to customise their pasta. She has found balancing a family and her ambitions is hard, but was encouraged by WED. “This event is fantastic,” she says. “It shows women from Lux that they matter and they can inspire others.”

Indeed, the conference did just that; it was the world’s largest celebration of women innovators and job creators. Today, there are more than 3.6 billion women in the world, yet the World Economic Forum reports that no nation has achieved gender equality. Women only have access to 58-70% of the economic, educational, health and political resources and opportunities available to men.

WED is working to change that.