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Women in Partnerships

Celebrating the women behind our most transformational partnerships this International Women’s Day

Blog by Caroline Whatley, Director of Partnerships at Save the Children

For the first time in 25 years, girls growing up today face a greater risk of violence, exclusion from school and inadequate food and nutrition than their mothers – a shocking reminder of how Covid-19 both exacerbates pre-existing gender inequalities and threatens the life-chances of girls around the world.

So this year, to mark International Women’s Day 2021, we want to showcase some of the incredible and courageous unsung heroines who have fought for children’s rights – both historically and today – and who help to make our ground-breaking partnerships such a success.

We couldn’t carry out our life-saving work without the unwavering support of our partners, and today we are shining a well-deserved spotlight on some of the remarkable women who are changing the future for children and creating a better world for us all.

Israa, Coaching for Life Manager in Jordan

A ground-breaking programme created in partnership with The Arsenal Foundation
Israa, Coaching for Life Manager in Jordan

Israa has been managing Arsenal and Save the Children’s Coaching for Life programme in Jordan since it launched in 2018 – supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of Syrian refugee children living in Za’atari Refugee Camp. 

The programme supports girls and boys equally and has trained female football coaches to deliver the girls’ coaching sessions – teaching them about their rights and empowering them to build a better future. Israa has been instrumental in helping to destigmatise female participation in sports within the camp, which are traditionally perceived to be reserved for men. 

We have seen real success in engaging girls in Coaching for Life, with girl’s participation more than doubling since the programme began.

Fadia, Community Health Worker in Yemen

In partnership with GSK
Fadia, Community Health Worker in Yemen

Fadia is one of many Community Health Workers working to provide health and nutrition services to children in remote villages in Yemen, who otherwise would have no access to healthcare at all.   

Yemen’s health system is struggling after years of intense war and Covid-19 has created many further challenges.  Funded by our partnership with GSK, the programme in Yemen is focused on maintaining access to life-saving healthcare, providing education and awareness, and training and protecting vital health workers like Fadia.

Michelle Robinson, Author of The World Made a Rainbow

Raising money through our partnership with Bloomsbury
Michelle Robinson, Author of The World Made a Rainbow

Bestselling author Michelle Robinson wanted to help small children navigate the complex emotions caused by the 2020 lockdown whilst at the same time raising vital funds for Save the Children.

Inspired by the rainbows that children across the world were creating and displaying in their windows, The World Made a Rainbow is a beautiful story with a hopeful message of staying connected to the people we love. 

For every book sold, a proportion of the proceeds will be donated to Save the Children to help children in the UK and around the world to build a better future. Robinson’s story is brought to life through beautiful illustrations by new talent Emily Hamilton., and this impressive female duo has already raised over £25,000 for Save the Children through the sales of their wonderful book and their story has recently been animated by Bloomsbury Publishing, and narrated by David Tennant.

Rebecca, Hygiene Promoter in South Sudan

In partnership with Unilever and FCDO
Rebecca, Hygiene Promoter in South Sudan

Rebecca educates children and families about preventing the spread of Covid-19 through good hand hygiene. She distributes soap to households and carries out hand-washing demonstrations to educate the community. 

Thanks to our partnership with the Hygiene Behaviour Change Coalition (HBCC), funded by Unilever and the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Rebecca - along with other Save the Children staff around the world - has reached more than 221 million people across nine countries with messages on Covid-19 prevention and hygiene.

Marinette, Peer Educator in Madagascar

In partnership with Unilever, Symrise and GIZ
Marinette, Peer Educator in Madagascar

Marinette is a peer educator for Save the Children in her community. She teaches young people about the issues that affect their lives, from marriage and early pregnancy to health and hygiene. 

She also works with parents to help them better care for their children. Marinette’s work is possible thanks to our Vanilla for Change programme which we developed with Unilever, Symrise and GIZ - supporting some of Madagascar’s most vulnerable families, while building a sustainable supply of vanilla for the future.

Astrid Lindgren, Author of Pippi Longstocking

Raising money through our partnership with The Astrid Lindgren Company and Bookshop.org
Astrid Lindgren, Author of Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren is best known as the author for Pippi Longstocking – ‘the world’s strongest girl’.  As well as creating an inspirational role model in Pippi, Astrid Lindgren was a life-long campaigner for children’s rights, and in the 1970s she worked with Save the Children to successfully change Swedish law on corporal punishment and advocated for children’s voices to be heard. 

To continue the legacy of this collaboration and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of Pippi Longstocking, The Astrid Lindgren Company has partnered with Save the Children to support girls on the move.  To raise additional funds, proceeds from the sale of the Pippi Longstocking series via Bookshop.org will be donated to Save the Children, to continue Astrid Lindgren’s legacy to fight for children’s rights.

Cathryn, Inclusion Worker in the UK

Funded by our partnership with Bvlgari
Cathryn, Inclusion Worker in the UK

Cathryn supports vulnerable parents in the UK to access support groups and become more confident with parenting. She works with children who have additional learning needs and most recently has supported families who have been hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

With more children living in poverty, going hungry and unable to learn, our Emergency Grants Programme, funded by partners including Bvlgari, provides families with essentials such as food vouchers, toys, learning packs and household goods such as tables and chairs.

Stefania Colman

Raising money through our partnership with Rossano Ferretti
Stefania Colman

Stefania manages our partnership with Rossano Ferretti which supports our commitment to empowering girls around the world, giving all children the chance to be who they want to be, no matter where they’re growing up. 

We rely on partners like Rossano Ferretti to raise vital funds and awareness for our much-needed work to protect, inspire and empower girls and children around the world.

The Women’s Network

Connecting women to raise the voices of women and girls around the world
Save the Children Ambassador, Natasha Kaplinsky

In December 2020 our UK Women’s Network was launched, with Founding Members including Save the Children Ambassadors Natasha Kaplinsky and DJ Cuppy, to give women the opportunity to leverage their voices, talents and resources to collectively create large-scale transformational impact for women and girls. 

Members contribute financially to the new Women’s Network Girls’ Fund, which supports programming and advocacy with a key focus on girls’ empowerment and gender equality, through both long-term investments and immediate interventions.

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