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.
Since 2014, the H&M Foundation has worked globally with UNICEF to provide early childhood education and care. In November 2018, a milestone was reached when the Vietnamese government signed a National Strategic Plan on Integrated Early Childhood Development, encompassing all of the country’s 64 provinces.
Four million refugee children do not attend school, a new H&M Foundation funded report from UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found. This is an increase of half a million of out-of-school refugee children in just one year.
H&M Foundation and UNICEF have launched a new partnership to support young children, in particular those with disabilities. The initiative is worth 30 million Swedish krona (USD 3.7 million) and one aim is to reach more than 9,000 young children with disabilities and their family members with specialized early childhood development services over the next three years.
In 2016, over 60,000 children came to Europe without their parents or caretakers and in 2015, at least 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children disappeared within hours of being registered. The H&M Foundation has donated 11.3 million SEK over a three-year period to Missing Children Europe, the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children. The donation will be used to strengthen protection systems for children in migration.
500 outstanding business leaders growing their companies in the harshest of startup environments. No, we’re not talking about Silicon Valley. With Foundation 500 – a list of successful female business leaders from emerging markets – the non-profit H&M Foundation and humanitarian agency CARE wanted to challenge stereotypes and re-define what a business leader looks like. Why? It can help reduce poverty and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality.