KPMG officially launched a three year partnership with Plan International Ireland on International Women’s day 2016. They are funding an education and governance programme for young women working on tea plantations in Sri Lanka, to escape the poverty trap and access their rights.
Women and girls in this sector are particularly marginalised. They have lower levels of education, lack access to information and voice, and are highly vulnerable to violence. There is a strong relationship between discrimination and violence towards women and girls, child poverty and child rights violations.
The specific objective of this project is to empower the marginalized women and girls from plantation and rural communities, by providing them with livelihood grants and entrepreneurial training.
In particular KPMG’s support over the three years will directly benefit, 12,650 women and girls from two women’s federations across rural communities and plantations in Nuwara Eliya and Monaragela districts. It will bring young women together in community-based groups for livelihoods training, financial literacy, and micro-enterprise development.
Supporting girls and young women is the single best investment that can be made in the world today. Removing barriers for growth and development means, not only a better life for them, but a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for us all.
Through this partnership, KPMG are joining Plan International Ireland in the understanding that supporting girls and young women is the single best investment that can be made in the world today. Removing barriers for growth and development means, not only a better life for them, but a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for us all. Girls who are empowered to enjoy their rights have increased economic security and their social position and value is recognised in society.