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Keeping the girl child in school remains key to empower women

Marsh Africa, in partnership with Caring4Girls, this week brought much needed relief to young school girls at Alexandra High School by handing over sanitary towels to the value of over R30 000.

The donation was as a result of Marsh Africa’s women’s day fundraising luncheon for its female clients who serve in leadership positions – held with a purpose to recognise the success, struggles and stories of women in South Africa who have made the country what it is today.

Caring4Girls is a sanitary towels distribution programme to keep young girls in school during their monthly cycles. The programme focuses on creating awareness of puberty and adolescence and to demystify all menstrual related myths. Research has revealed that most girls from disadvantaged communities in South Africa could miss up to fifty days of schooling annually due to the lack of access to adequate sanitary protection. It is under these shocking statistics that Imbumba Foundation established Caring4Girls and appointed Gerry Elsdon as an ambassador for this programme which she advocates so passionately for.

Salma Kidd, head of marketing and communications for Marsh Africa says, “The women at our luncheon shared a drive to change society for the better and agreed to use their influence to collaborate in empowering the marginalised and disenfranchised amongst us. Today is the first action of that commitment and Marsh Africa will continue to play a facilitation role in this process. We look forward to supporting future endeavours such as the handover today.

“Further, this is part of our ongoing investment to help advance the future leadership of South Africa and to ensure that everyone is given fair opportunity, which is dependent on merit. Recently Marsh Africa hosted a graduation ceremony for 18 learners who took part in our annual Early Career Development programme which kicked off in July 2014. The programme delivers on a number of objectives to fulfil its mandate to develop a pipeline of future Marsh technical administrators and executives, as well as to position us as an employer of choice. More importantly, it provides a formal qualification to learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds that might not have had the opportunity to study full-time.”

Having completed their National Qualification (NQF) level four in Short Term Insurance, the majority of the learners have been recruited into the Marsh Internship programme, which began at the end of July 2015. The internship will equip the learners with sought-after workplace experience as well as create a foundation to build thriving careers in insurance broking and risk management.

You too can make a difference by:

·         SMSing “Girl child” to 42513 to pledge R30 towards the programme
·         Visiting to make a donation
·         Sponsor a school going girl child within your community with a monthly supply of sanitary pads every month.

Marsh Africa

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