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Women Changing Greece / Episode 2: Be Bold in Social Entrepreneurship

12 May 2017

The second episode of the “Women Changing Greece” video documentary features two Greek women, sharing their experiences on the development of social entrepreneurship from the United States and talking about how they are trying to change social entrepreneurship in Greece

Betty Tsakarestou, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at the Department of Communications, Media and Culture at Panteion University and Head of the Advertising and Public Relations Lab, participated in the study of U.S. educational institutions for media academics in Ohio in 2015: "I believe that one of the most important issues of our time is 'listening', 'how do we listen?' And how to exercise journalism and public relations that listens to communities and provides back news and information as a service to the communities." For her, the trip to Ohio University was a revelation. "I improved myself, re-thinked and reviewed many practices in the organisation, guidance and content of how we work the lab."

Ioanna Fotopoulou, co-founder of Simple, Rocks, participated in the Transatlantic Initiative for Youth Innovation and Leadership in 2016: "When we talk about social entrepreneurship in Greece, we think we are talking about non-governmental organizations and not something that produces value and makes money, while at the same time being good for the society." She realized what she wanted to do as soon as she returned from her trip to the United States: "I wanted to make my own company and help very specific people realize their dreams faster."

Here is the story on HuffPost Greece: http://www.huffingtonpost.gr/.../story_n_..

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Throughout May, the U.S. Embassy Athens will showcase the work of women who are #ExchangeAlumni, who visited the States on U.S.-government sponsored programs. In the videos, they will demonstrate the positive effect that their exchange experiences have had on the respective communities they represent. The women all come from different regions of Greece (Attica, Macedonia, and Thrace) and work in different fields. Each of the four films in the series shows a different sector where women make a difference. This is part of the State Department’s broader #BeBoldForChange campaign, pledging support and working toward better opportunities for women and girls. Commemoration of International Women’s Day reaffirms the U.S. commitment to promoting gender equality and advancing the status of women and girls around the world.

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