The United Nations 2021 theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” Building on that call for equality and women’s rights in decision making in all aspects of life, Studio Samuel is launching a campaign that both celebrates empowerment and promotes leadership.
With money raised from this initiative, the Studio hopes to enroll 100 girls in the Young Leaders Summer Camp, which provides a safe-haven for students while school is out of session and includes life skills training, tutoring and more. To accelerate this campaign, they’ve created a Giving Grid where supporters worldwide can select an amount, upload a photo with their personal message and contribute directly to the fund.
The Women First 5km Run
On March 28, the team in Addis Ababa will kick off the day at the Studio Samuel Training Center with a talk by their Ethiopia Ambassador, renowned Actress Hanan Tarq. Following that, the students and caregivers will break into small groups and walk/run throughout the community to participate remotely in the Women First 5km Run. Team leaders are customizing this process with staggered start times and social distancing to help minimize the risk of spreading or getting Covid-19. All participants will also wear customized Studio Samuel masks.
How to Show Your Support
If you’d like to contribute funds toward the Young Leaders Summer Camp, which also provides students with school uniforms for the 2021 school year, visit the Giving Grid and choose an amount to donate.
If you’d like to show your support for the Women First 5km Run—anytime between now and March 28—share a selfie on a walk or run in your community to your social media pages using the hashtags #EmpowerGirls and #IWD2021. Be sure to tag Studio Samuel in your post for some potential additional shares.
You can also shop for items such as handcrafted soaps, handmade jewelry and stunning art—every purchase makes an impact in a young girl’s life.