The Global Women's Project launched in August 2013. Our purpose? To address the lack of education and job opportunities for women in developing countries, and lack of choice and independence that goes hand in hand with it.
In our first year, we collaborated with the Women's Foundation Nepal (WFN) and experts from Australia and Nepal to deliver Light the Spark - a six week training pilot program for women in basic electrical house wiring. 13 women participated in the pilot, telling us in our post-program evaluation how greatly their self-perception had changed when they had realised they could do 'a man's job'. We were excited to see such an appetite amongst local women and our partners for innovative programs like this one, and that participants felt so powerful for having acquired a new technical skillset!
In Cambodia, we worked to identify how and where we could best be of support to the Stung Treng Women's Development Center (SWDC). We contributed funding towards their child care centre operating costs, and therefore helped provide a crucial service to women in the community. We also designed and restored a new billboard in Stung Treng Province advertising SWDC and its associated textile business, Mekong Blue, to increase local traffic and sales.