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Together for girls’ education and empowerment

By Åsa Leander, March 8, 2021
All over the world, girls are subject to discrimination in education, health, work and family life. Greencarrier strives for a fair world where equality advances for all. In honour of the International Women’s Day, and women and girls all over the world, we now announce our partnership with Plan International.

Equality means that all people have equal opportunities to make the most of their lives and talents, and that no one has poorer life chances due to their background or status.

This may seem like a given, but there’s actually still a lot that needs to be done. Plan International are dedicated to make a change in people’s lives, and especially the lives of girls and women.

Why? Here are some facts about the power of education:

  1. Girls are overrepresented among those who never receive any education and among those who are forced to leave school prematurely.
  2. The children of educated girls are less likely to become ill and die. When an educated girl grows up, she is more likely to spend money on her children and prioritize that the children can finish school.
  3. For every year a girl stays in school, her future income increases by 10 to 20 percent.
  4. More than 100 million young women in low- and middle-income countries cannot read a single sentence.
  5. 2011 in South Sudan it was three times more likely that a girl died in pregnancy or childbirth than that she started year eight in school.

Greencarrier + Plan International in partnership for girls education and equal rights

We have a common ambition to empower girls and enable them to learn, lead, and grow.

By forming a partnership with Plan International we at Greencarrier put focus on girls’ equal value and education. This partnership is a long term commitment, and during 2021 we give 120 girls a school scholarship for a whole year. Enabling them to increase knowledge and future options in life.

In more than half of all countries in the world, fewer girls than boys go to high school and high school. Poverty, gender stereotypes, social norms, child marriage, sexual violence and unwanted pregnancies are some examples of obstacles that play a role in girls’ ability to go to school.

– That you at Greencarrier have chosen to become partners with us at Plan International is a great honor and we are incredibly grateful that you as a company are committed to children’s rights and girls’ equal conditions – it is important. Together we make a difference, says Mariann Eriksson, National Director Plan International Sweden.

– Way too many girls are undervalued, underestimated and treated with less respect each day – simply because they are girls! By giving them power through education we can contribute to a change for the long term and therefore we are so happy for our partnership with Plan International, making a change together for the empowerment of girls and a more sustainable future. Says Stefan Björk, Founder & Chairman of the Board, Greencarrier.

This partnership is a part of Greencarrier’s ambitions within sustainability, and a contribution towards one of our prioritized Global Goals for Sustainable Development from the UN: number 10 Reduced Inequalities.

We work both internally with this goal to improve our workplace, but we also engage in external activities that serves to promote equality and empowerment specifically of girls and women.

Learn more!

Giving back is an important part of our culture and values, and is fundamental to Greencarrier. As part of our overall sustainability work, we have the Greencarrier Spirit fund, where we set aside 1% of our yearly profit to initiatives for society, people and planet.

If you want to learn more about our view on sustainability, and what we actually do, please read our Sustainability Report or check out our web site and blog.

And of course, you are more than welcome to contact me or one of my colleagues!

/Åsa Leander

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Plan International

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.

We strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Empower children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.

https://plan-international.org/organisation

About International Women’s Day

Celebrated on March 8 every year, the International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. The day, collectively founded by women, also brings attention to gender parity and women’s rights.

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. #ChooseToChallenge