Source: Media Outreach
Headline: Asian University for Women Support Foundation launches a global crowdfunding campaign to raise US $150,000 for scholarships on International Women’s Day 2018
HONG KONG, CHINA – MediaOutReach – March 8, 2018 – The Asian University for Women (AUW) SupportFoundation today announced the launch of a global crowdfunding campaign, #ProgressStartsWithEducation.The campaign seeks to raise US $150,000, an amount which will allow 10 women tocontinue their education at the liberal arts university for one year. Thecampaign launches on International Women’s Day and is inspired by the worldwidetheme and call to action #PressForProgress.
“The developing world is faced with such a wide arrayof challenges, and trying to solve them individually often times only providestemporary relief,” explained Kamal Ahmad, AUW Co-founder. “In order to address theproblems facing these nations from the ground up, education has to be thestarting point. Meaningful, sustainable progress can be achieved when youempower young women to become leaders in their societies.”
The anchor of the campaign is a two-minutevideo featuring current students whom the donation dollars will directlybenefit, and their personal commitments to achieve progress in their hometowns.Hailing from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, the students in the videoprovide an international perspective on the condition of women around theworld, and a look at how incremental progress can be truly monumental indeveloping nations where AUW draws students from.
AUW has received donations and support from severalcorporate partners on this campaign, including Point72, Hong Kong StockExchange, MetLife and Fiat. Along with pledging US $60,000 to support afull-ride scholarship, Point72 also partnered with AUW to produce thecampaign’s anchor video, which they are featuring on their website along with information abouttheir ongoing commitment to the university.
“Since we first partnered with AUW in 2016, we continue tobe impressed and inspired by their mission and commitment to using education tocombat systemic gender inequality in Asia and the Middle East,” said MarcDesmidt, CEO of Point72’s International business. “We are proud to support AUWbecause we agree that progress and diversity — of thought, of gender, and ofupbringing — go hand in hand.”
Supporters are asked to visit www.crowdrise.com/auw-iwd to easilymake a donation,learn more about the AUW students in need, and watch the campaign video.They are also encouraged to follow the AUW Support Foundation Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates, andspread the word using the hashtag #ProgressStartsWithEducation.
About AsianUniversity for Women
Founded in 2008 and located in Chittagong, Bangladesh, AsianUniversity for Women is the first of its kind: a regional institutiondedicated to women’s education and leadership development — international inoutlook, but rooted in the contexts and aspirations of the people ofAsia. Students from 15 countries attend AUW. This Universityexists solely to support a rising network of women leaders, entrepreneurs andchange makers from across the region. It seeks out women who have significantacademic potential and demonstrate courage and a sense of outrage at injusticeand are empathic to the woes of other people. A majority of AUW’sstudents are first in their family to enter university; 98% of AUW’s studentsare on full or near-full scholarship funded by private donors from around theworld. A majority of AUW graduates find employment in the private sectorin their home countries while about 25% go on to pursue graduate studies. AUWgraduates or former students have been admitted to Stanford, Oxford, Columbia,Brandeis, Surrey and a host of other leading universities in the world.
About AUW SupportFoundation
The Asian University for Women seeks to graduate women who will beskilled and innovative professionals, service-oriented leaders, and promotersof intercultural understanding and sustainable human and economic developmentin Asia and throughout the world. The AUW Support Foundation, a501(c)(3)-registered nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts,is the principal source of funding mobilization for the Asian University forWomen in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
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