International Women's Day 2020
Celebrate with Sitti
March 8, 2020
#SittiEducates #EducateEmployEmpower #IWD2020 #EachForEqual
Sitti is celebrating International Women’s Day by promoting actionable progress towards higher education accessibility for women and girls in Jordan’s refugee community.
One of our objectives for 2020 is to fund three university-level (4-year degree program) scholarships for women and girls in Jordan’s Jerash Refugee Camp community, in partnership with our beneficiary organization Hopes for Women in Education.
This special IWD 2020 initiative aligns with Sitti’s mission and one of our major goals: to support women’s education through higher education scholarships, as well as relevant and applicable skills development training.
“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.” - Malala Yousafzai
How To Get Involved.
Fund a university education. Purchase the Sitti x Millie Limited Edition Gift Box.
On International Women’s Day (IWD), Sitti, Millie and Hopes for Women in Education are reintroducing the Limited Edition Gift Box to raise awareness of the importance of education for women and girls and to work towards Sitti’s goal of funding three university-level scholarships (4-year degree program) with Hopes for Women in Education.
Share Stories of Women’s Education.
We are capturing the stories and images of women with a unique voice and perspective on how education has impacted their lives. Throughout the month of March, Sitti will feature these stories and images on our BLOG, as well as on all social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Please follow along and repost/share these stories with your own community! Also, if you have a special story you would like to share, please fill out the Sitti IWD 2020 Questionnaire HERE. You might be featured here on our website, or social media!
“Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it’s the right of every human being.” - Malala Yousafzai
Why International Women’s Day?
International Women's Day (and week) is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a call to action to accelerate women's equality.
This gift box makes a positive, tangible difference in the lives of women. It is bringing education and opportunity to those who need and deserve it most.
Our hope is that the ripple effect will be far reaching – this gift box and the shared stories of other women will inspire our shared communities to learn more about the challenges facing women in the refugee community and realize that, even though we are thousands of miles away from the women of Jerash Camp (and other motivated women across the world who need support), they are our sisters.
"International Women's Day is powered by the collective efforts of all." – IWD 2020
Sitti means 'my grandma' in Arabic. This name brings to mind a grassroots, 'back to basics' approach and that's exactly what this initiative is. We know the women of the Jerash Refugee Camp, we work alongside them, share meals and stories and dreams – and we know much access to education means to them.
36 per cent of the world’s university-age youth are enrolled in higher education, compared to only one per cent of refugee youth in the same age group. For university-age refugee girls and women, the situation is even more dire.
A major barrier to higher education for refugee boys and girls is cost. In Jordan’s Jerash Refugee Camp, ex-Gazan Palestinian refugees who make up over 95 percent of the camp community are barred from accessing government-subsidized university degree programs, and must pay full tuition as a foreigner. Without access to financial support, many refugee youth are unable to attend university.
Refugee girls are at an even higher disadvantage in terms of “opportunity costs” - losses in terms of income and domestic responsibilities. Most household tasks (taking care of siblings, cleaning, cooking) fall on girls and women. Marrying off daughters becomes a strategy of reducing family “expenses.” (source: UNHCR)
Education leads to employment, and employment leads to greater access to education for future generations. A woman who receives a university degree is equipped with hard and soft skills that will lead to employment opportunities and a better chance at supporting her own children’s education. In addition, higher education for women and girls leads to more female educators in the classroom. Girls and boys need female role models, but girls in particular are more likely to be encouraged and motivated by the presence of an educated woman in the classroom. (Source: UNHCR HerTurn)
We thank you for the important role you are playing by bringing this uniquely beautiful gift and powerful message to a special person in your life.
International Women’s Day 2020 Partners:
Hopes for Women in Education
Hopes for Women in Education is a non-profit organization providing academic scholarships and out-of-school support to women and girls in refugee and displaced communities throughout Jordan. You can learn more about Hopes for Women in Education, as well as Sitti’s additional beneficiary programs and partners here.
Millie is a female-focused travel company that believes in the power of human connection to transform lives. Millie's current destination is Jordan, a place of awe-inspiring beauty, rich culture and intuitive