Jan 8, 2019  Düsseldorf / Germany

Schwarzkopf Million Chances Award 2018

Publication of the first Schwarzkopf Million Chances Award videos

For the first time, Schwarzkopf honored four winners of the Million Chances Award on November 7, 2018 in Düsseldorf. The winners are the “Desert Flower Foundation”, founded by human rights activist Waris Dirie, the initiative “Girls' Day” and the association “Social Business Women”. The winner of the public voting is the association "Frauen in Bewegung". The emotional videos are now publicly available.

In the context of the official award ceremony, the winners were able to comment in detail on their project and their initiative to strengthen girls and women for the first time. In emotionally strong and informative interviews, the representatives talk about their respective motivation to start projects close to their heart and about their goals. Success stories illustrate how "female empowerment" can often be strengthened with a lot of commitment – and how important this help will be in the future – in the face of drastic disadvantages for women, such as in the professional world, high illiteracy rates for girls and young women, forced marriages, domestic violence, and genital mutilation.

Find out everything about the winners, their projects and their successes in the videos.

All information about the award and the award categories can be found online at

All information about the Schwarzkopf initiative Million Chances can also be found online at

Global commitment of the Schwarzkopf Initiative Million Chances

Strengthening the self-confidence of girls and women worldwide and offering them new perspectives in everyday life – this kind of "female empowerment" is the mission of the Schwarzkopf Million Chances initiative: In cooperation with the aid organization Plan International Deutschland e.V., projects for school and vocational training in Egypt, Colombia, and China are supported. In Europe, Russia, and Asia – to name just a few countries – the initiative supports disadvantaged girls and women in the fields of health and education with the aim of helping them to regain more self-confidence. Together with the social enterprise Plastic Bank, the initiative promotes collection centers to combat the problem of plastic waste in the oceans and at the same time supports the local population on Haiti: Ocean Plastic can be exchanged there for cash and non-cash benefits. The collected plastic waste is sorted, further processed and then returned to industry as recycled Social Plastic®. Women take up the offer and can thus earn an additional income.




Winner in the category Build up – Desert Flower Foundation

3:42 min.



Winner in the category Move up – Girls’ Day

5:30 min.



Winner in the category Start up – Social Business Women

5:18 min.



Winner in the category Public Voting – Frauen in Bewegung

6:07 min.