“One study after another has shown that educating girls is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty. Schooling is often a precondition for girls and women to stand up against injustice, and for women to be integrated into the economy. Until women are numerate and literate, it is difficult for them to start businesses or contribute meaningfully to their economies.” — Half the Sky, pg. 168
In 2010, the SEPA started a partnership with the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. The Circle of Sisterhood was founded to leverage the influence of sorority women to support entities around the world that remove educational barriers for girls and women, uplifting them from poverty and oppression.
In the mid-1800s in America, women stood together for the right to go to college and thus began the sorority movement. Now, over 160 years later and more than 5 million strong, the Circle of Sisterhood is a means for all sorority women – across affiliation – to continue our Founders’ legacy by standing together again in a global humanitarian effort to help girls and women go to school around the world.
As women, who have in common a college education, we know that access to quality schooling affords a better life for a woman and that of her family. For too many girls and women around the world, access to quality education is often limited. Ultimately, more and more educated girls will mean stronger and healthier villages, communities and entire countries.
One person can make a small difference. But as the SEPC community, our collective efforts have been and will be transforming for generations to come. The power of this movement by sorority women was truly felt by all attendees at the 2014 conference when over $1,400 was raised at the luncheon alone! Hundreds of girls and young women are benefitting from your hard work.
We are excited to continue to provide opportunity for girls around the world through this partnership during the 2015 conference. For more information, visit the Circle of Sisterhood Website at www.circleofsisterhood.org
Are you a part of the Circle?
Many College Panhellenics have adopted the Circle of Sisterhood as their philanthropic priority. Fundraising efforts can be as simple as offering the opportunity for potential new members to donate $1 to the Circle of Sisterhood while promoting your sorority community’s commitment to this global humanitarian cause during your philanthropy round. This teaches PNM’s early about the philanthropic commitment of sororities – on a global scale. The SEPA wants to know what you are doing to fundraise and create awareness for the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. Send in pictures of your events so that we can share your efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org.