Today is the International Day of the Girl. So, let’s talk about the importance of education of girls. We can celebrate that more girls are getting access to school but the truth is, many miss out or even drop out, simply because of periods.
Together with internationally acclaimed artist Aïda Muluneh, WaterAid and the H&M Foundation put the spotlight on women and the impact dirty water has on women’s lives and futures. The thought-provoking photo exhibition was showcased at Somerset House, London during the fall 2019.
A program to reduce children’s health barriers so that they can focus on learning in Harlem, New York, has been a great success. The attendance at the school has reached record numbers, and the initiative can be replicated by other schools.
Women’s income increased by 500% thanks to our program with CARE in Ethiopia. Furthermore, at the end of our program only 3.6% of the target group didn’t have any savings – compared to 70% in the beginning of the project. The program focused women living in the slums of Addis Ababa, and the results after three years show that with the right support, women can significantly improve their lives by becoming entrepreneurs.
On International Women’s Day on March 8, H&M Foundation was honored to be part of a global movement for gender equality together with UN Foundation, UN Women, decision makers, and different organizations at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.