HOW YOUR PURCHASES CAN HELP
To mark our commitment to helping women and girls dream big, we teamed up with three inspiring women to hear about their dreams fulfilled, and their dreams for women in the future. They are joined by Eva, a Youth Activist from Plan International, who discussed how we can help girls and women around us to dream big. To see our full series of Dream Diaries, visit our YouTube page.
We love working with charities that have the same beliefs as us and working with Plan International is no different. Working with 54,000 communities in 75 countries, Plan International are leading the global movement to campaign for the rights of young women and girls.Working with them means that policies are being effectively changed at local, national and global levels. Considered world experts when it comes to the rights of young women and girls, Plan International understand their global reach and use this in a way that strives to achieve equality for those in their support network.
HOW WE’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Supporting young girls with the tools and skills they need is a vital part in ensuring we can help unlock girls’ dreams. This is why, together with Plan International, our bespoke 18-month programme will be providing young women with vocational training and skills, so that they can start their own businesses or find safe and decent employment. Through these projects, we will reach 1,500 people in Brazil and Indonesia.
We’re teaming up with Plan International Australia to help launch the dreams of our future activists, leaders and change-makers.
This Christmas, The Body Shop will donate $20,000 to kick-start Plan’s 2020 Youth Activist Series, a leadership development program to empower young people who are fighting for equality.
Over 12 months, the Youth Activists will take part in advocacy and campaigning, media and public speaking, community organising and collective action to fight for equality.
This week you’ll be able to weigh in by choosing from one of our three dreams to change the world for girls.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Unemployment in Brazil is a rising problem with 31.1% of young women unemployed, and because 60% of those who live in extreme poverty are under the age of 19, it becomes even harder to unlock their dreams. We will equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to enjoy a life where they no longer struggle to make a living, and can benefit fully from the foundation of a secure, well-resourced education.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP?
This Christmas, with your support, we will provide training and skills to 75 young women aged between 18-24 in northern Brazil to become community outreach workers or social educators, empowering those around them. These 75 young women reach a further 200 adolescent girls (aged 15-17), using the skills they have learnt to enhance their leadership potential and support them to earn a safe and decent living.
Being able to gain this qualification will enable these young women to work in the expanding Brazilian aid and social work sectors so they can make informed decisions that have a positive impact on young girls and women.In addition to the 275 girls who will benefit from this project, a further 1,000 young women will feel the value of the project’s outreach activities, including online and community-based campaigns, dialogue circles and peer mentoring.
Alice grew up in Brazil, and although her family didn’t have much, she was raised in a happy household with her mother, stepfather and two siblings.
Sadly, Alice’s sister passed away from meningitis, naturally causing a sadness in her family – especially with her mother who became severely depressed. It was these struggles that encouraged Alice to educate herself more through Plan International’s programmes.These platforms allowed Alice to learn about her rights, as well as develop her leadership skills and performance in public speaking. Thanks to the knowledge of these rights, Alice knew that even as a young mother herself, she could still attend one of the most respected universities in the region. She hopes to become a teacher in the future and share her knowledge with others.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Indonesia is one of the fastest growing Asian economies, but many rural communities are reliant on agriculture for work, with many young people joining their family in unpaid subsidence work or migrating to urban areas to seek other opportunities. High youth unemployment affects women the most, due to poor access to education and the expectation to perform traditional gender roles. As many young women are prevented from working outside the home, it can be difficult for girls to gain the skills they need to become independent and participate meaningfully in their communities.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO HELP?
We’re getting involved in one of the most deprived provinces in eastern Indonesia where the lack of work leads to poverty, early marriages and unsafe migration. The work we will do with Plan International in this area is a great way to help break down stereotypes, creating a supportive and enabling environment that encourages young girls and women to flourish.This work will include vocational training, support for 330 young people (80% women), as well as providing knowledge to find a job and business coaching.
Metty is a young farmer living and working in one of the poorest provinces in eastern Indonesia, where she grows organic fruit and vegetables.
Joining Plan International’s Green Skills Project has motivated Metty to become an organic entrepreneur, giving her the confidence to embrace organic farming so that she can provide a steady income for her future and improve the lives of those in her community.Thanks to Metty’s work as an organic entrepreneur and with the Green Skills Project, she is now able to manage more than three hectares of land and employ 10 of her friends, continuing to empower young women.
*We’re donating 1.8p from every transaction during November and December 2019 to Plan International UK. This will help Plan International UK provide education and skills training to 1,500 girls in Indonesia and Brazil.
Plan International UK is a charity registered in England and Wales (Registered Charity No. 276035).