Carolina Wong for Project Soar
While working with local artisans to develop my collections, I noticed the boundaries of gender inequality for women in Morocco.
As a woman raised in an environment where learning
and ambitions are fostered regardless of your gender, I believe we sometimes take education and mutual support for granted.
I came across Project Soar and when I met its founder, Maryam Montague, I realised my experience isn't a rare case.
As a designer, I am honoured to be part of the Project Soar Nation: from individuals to companies, from athletes to designers, and from doctors to peace corps volunteers, a collection of global citizens who want to make the world a better place for its girls.
"Girls continue to suffer severe disadvantages, discrimination and exclusion.... For many girls, puberty marks an accelerating trajectory into inequality. It also represents a critical window for preventive and protective investments .... Ensuring that girls are able to exercise their rights, can pursue their education and have the skills and opportunity to join the workforce is essential for their own well-being, and a critical foundation for the health and prosperity of families, communities and nations." - United Nations.
GROW STRONG. GROW SMART. GROW INSPIRED.
Project Soar is now working with hundreds of Moroccan girls, providing thousands of hours of academic support, empowerment training, and leadership coaching. According to the World Bank, in 2012 the net enrolment rate in lower secondary school was 79% for boys in urban areas but only 26% for girls in rural areas. Upon purchase of a Carolina Wong bag, 5% of the purchase price is donated to Project Soar to help aspiring communities. Carolina Wong is proud to be in this vast support network for all girls not only in Morocco, but for millions others around the world - we are just getting started!