When Holisticon planned the free Online-Seminar-Series on „Leadership Agility“ with Michael Hamman, we gave the participants the possibility to donate to Plan International, whose „strategy is to work with vulnerable children and especially girls so that they can learn, lead, decide and thrive.“
While trying to become better leaders in our western, privileged world, we often overlook that not everything that we take for granted is readily available for everyone else, especially girls.
Today, there are economic, cultural, and safety-related barriers that impede 62 million girls around the world from realising their right to education. And due to the pandemic, an estimated 740 million girls have been forced out of education. Parental pressure to help at home or earn an income means many adolescent girls will be unable to return to school.
But education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their communities. And there is an unexpected bonus: Education also is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth. Women with more years of education have fewer and healthier children, and actively manage their reproductive health.
Educated girls achieve higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Their agricultural plots are more productive and their families better nourished. Education also shores up resilience and equips girls and women to face the impacts of climate change. They can be more effective stewards of food, soil, trees and water, even as nature’s cycles change.
The resulting emission reductions across the entire system could be as high as 85.4 gigatons of carbon dioxide, just within the window of 2020-2050. (Source: https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/health-and-education)
Therefore we have an obligation, to help where we can. The participants of our Online-Seminar donated 310 € and Holisticon decided to make that an even 500 € donation for Plan International.