As we celebrate International Day of the Girl, Antonio Leitao, Vice-President Europe at Cummins, reflects on his commitment to advocating for gender equityAntonio Leitao, Vice-President Europe at Cummins:

Girl's Day Save The ChildrenWe all have a part to play in ensuring a safe and fair world for girls. Through Cummins’ partnership with Save the Children in Germany, refugee girls residing in four reception centres have participated in the Mädchen. Machen. Mut. (Girls. Generate. Courage.) programme. Many of these girls experienced immeasurable hardship and stress before, during and after their escape from conflict in their home countries. The Mädchen. Machen. Mut. programme provided these girls with emotional and psychological support, enabling them to gain self-confidence, process their emotions and develop resilience.

The programme tackled the challenges facing girls by concentrating on psychological and social (psychosocial) behaviour support. Through the support provided by the Cummins Powers Women programme, Save the Children assessed the psychosocial needs of the refugee girls across the reception centres. In collaboration with the girls and centre staff, they then created 19 microprojects to develop life skills that support the girls’ integration into school and society, including book clubs, urban art and nature clubs, sowing and harvesting and motorsport clubs. Finally, an open source toolkit for providing psychological and emotional support to refugee children was created and distributed to practitioners. You can learn more about the project here.

Copyright Bastian Strauch Save The Children - This image was taken pre Covid-19.As we look to the future, I am positive that through the Cummins Powers Women programme, the dedication of our partners, and the commitment of our employees, we will continue to help make the world a better place for girls, in Europe and beyond.