New York, September 21, 2010
Focus on Leadership Development and Advocacy Opportunities for Girls to Engage in Global Issues
Today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, The UPS Foundation and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) announced a five-year, $2 million commitment that supports young women to become advocates and leaders on issues such as environmental sustainability, the Millennium Development Goals and community development.
The programs will provide girls and young women in 145 countries advocacy and leadership training, opportunities to speak out and take action at global platforms, deliver grass roots projects and learn through innovative education programs.
"We are very excited to grow our partnership with WAGGGS - which reaches 10 million girls in 145 countries - by working to ensure young women are included in discussions that address significant challenges facing the world today," said Eduardo Martinez, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations, The UPS Foundation and Board Member of the WAGGGS Global Girls Fund. "Diversity of perspectives is a core part of what has helped UPS succeed as a company. So, creating growth opportunities for women and girls reinforces UPS corporate culture and priorities for inclusion."
"This commitment will equip young women with the skills and opportunities to use their own voices, talents and passions to have a positive impact on their communities and our world," said Mary McPhail, Chief Executive of WAGGGS. "Girls who reach their full potential and whose contributions are valued really are the most effective agents of change."
Girls' voices are often excluded from meaningful conversations on major global issues. Yet many of these issues - including poverty and environmental sustainability - disproportionately affect girls and young women. One out of every eight people in the world is a young woman aged 10 to 24. The developing world alone is home to more than 600 million adolescent girls. This commitment helps to address this imbalance.
Key programs of this commitment will include: