KPMG in Ireland has today announced a partnership with Plan International Ireland, aimed at empowering marginalised young women in Sri Lanka. The announcement comes ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow, March 8.
As part of a three year project, over 500 young women from plantations and rural villages will be brought together in community-based groups for training in financial literacy and management, ICT and household economic security as well as micro-enterprise development. The initiative aims to equip vulnerable young women with the skills to claim and exercise their rights as citizens in order to escape the poverty cycle and maintain gainful employment.
Commenting on the announcement, Shaun Murphy, Managing Partner at KPMG in Ireland said: “Supporting gender diversity and enabling female empowerment removes barriers to development and means not only a better life for individuals, but a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for us all. We are delighted to support Plan International Ireland in Sri Lanka.”
Geraldine Kelly, Chair, Plan International Ireland added: “Driven by Plan International’s commitment to levelling the playing field for all women, this new partnership has the capacity to be a game-changer for thousands of Sri Lankan women and their families. Helping more women to become financially literate and confident enough to access the services they need to set up their own businesses is good for the Sri Lankan economy and society.”
Through the ‘Training of Trainers Model’, it is envisaged that participants will go on to help educate an average of more than 20 additional girls in community-based business groups, bringing the total number of participants to 10,000 over three years.
The main barriers to women and girls in Sri Lanka claiming economic and social rights are:
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Established in 2003, Plan International Ireland is a child-centred community development organisation, part of Plan International which itself was founded over 76 years ago. We are an independent organisation with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Plan International’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies which respect people’s rights and dignities.