A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2022
Today, as on every other day, we share our deep gratitude and love for the women of Montalto. For their creativity, strength, commitment, humour, drive and hard work – we love you, we thank you. The last 2 years have been difficult but your energy and boundless enthusiasm has been the shining light in dark times.
“A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt’s iconic quote makes me think of the countless times I have seen very strong tea in all the women here at Montalto.
OUR COMMITMENT TO ACHIEVING EQUALITY
As important as it is to recognise the women in our lives, it is also important to actively look for opportunities to recognise and assist women globally – to strive for equality for all women, especially where the barriers to equality are most fierce.
The Hunger Project is a charity close to our hearts. We have been working with this inspirational organisation over a number of years as we believe in their way of working: to work with the communities, to help themselves. It is not about aid, but about building long term, sustainable and systemic change. They do not send people into countries for a short-term period of time to help, rather they employ people in those countries directly, who most intimately understand the needs, and can have the greatest impact over a sustained period of time.
From December 2021 through until the end of February 2022, we committed to donating $2 from the sale of every bottle of Sparkling Rosé to assist with The Hunger Project’s mission to end hunger and poverty. Here’s a bit more about this fundraising campaign and our connection with The Hunger Project organisation: read here.
Today, we are thrilled to announce that Montalto has committed to donating $25,000 a year over 4 years (a total of $100,000) to The Hunger Project’s Adolescent Girls program in Bihar, India.
The Adolescent Girls program empowers and enables girls in Bihar, India to exercise their voice and agency, increasing their ability to change their futures, follow their dreams, and end their own hunger. Empowered girls grow into women who break down patriarchal ideologies and create ripple effects in their families and communities, promoting social justice, gender equality, and local development.
At the moment, girls in Bihar face enormous challenges that have wide-ranging, life-long impacts. These challenges drive early school dropouts, vulnerability to violence and harassment, early pregnancy, and the deprivation of their basic human rights. COVID-19 has compounded these challenges in India and globally, due to factors such as school closures and increased economic insecurity, with an estimated additional 10 million girls facing child marriage as a result of the pandemic.
The Adolescent Girls program was designed by The Hunger Project in India to specifically address these systemic barriers through targeted program activities which empower girls and create enabling environments for lasting change. In the wake of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that we stand in solidarity with young girls in India.
Our ongoing commitment to this important program is to honour all women, in particular Justin and my late sister, and adored daughter to John and Wendy, Asha, who was adopted from India.
Heidi Williams, CEO