UK students begin a month-long fundraising campaign for gender equality

  • iZettle and UN Women UK have joined forces to empower young activists campaigning for gender equality
  • Universities across the UK are fundraising for change throughout March 
  • The campaign will aim to raise awareness on campuses and in communities, with funds raised going to support UN Women’s mission of empowering women and girls in the UK and across the world.

Wednesday, 4nd March, 2020, London: iZettle and UN Women UK have partnered to support young people who are leading the charge for a more gender-equal future. Throughout March, student societies at universities across the UK will run activities designed to raise awareness and funds for gender equality. 

Just £25 could provide leadership development training for young women around the world, drastically improving their confidence and self-esteem, as well as an education about their rights, both in the workplace and beyond.

The joint initiative launches at a pivotal time for UN Women and the global gender equality movement. It is the 10th year anniversary of UN Women and only 10 years until we are due to hit the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of Gender Equality by 2030 – and yet, according to The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, we are still 100 years away from achieving gender equality. 

Supported by iZettle, this initiative  has been designed to inspire and activate a new generation of young leaders who are committed to change. Each university society has received a fundraising toolkit consisting of ideas, social media support and advice, and iZettle card readers, allowing them to accept cashless donations while raising awareness.

Claire Barnett, Executive Director of UN Women UK comments, “The future success of  gender equality lies in the hands of individual activists. 2020 is a groundbreaking year for the movement, and we hope this toolkit will equip the true ‘Generation Equality’ to act in solidarity with all women and girls around the world who do not have a platform. Because our voices are louder when we raise them together.”

Sara Arildsson, VP, Head of Operations at iZettle, says, “iZettle believes in the power of women. We want to celebrate those campaigning for equality, while giving practical advice and the tools needed to make a real impact.

“Last year, we released the book “Women Transforming Tech” to inspire the next generation, and this year we want them to take action. With the fundraising toolkit, young trailblazers can accept contactless donations and encourage the public to simply “tap to tip” the scales for a more equal future.”

As of March 1st, students at the following universities are participating: University of Warwick, University of Hull, University of Cambridge, University of Kent, University of Exeter, Imperial College London, University of Sheffield, University of St Andrews, University of Nottingham, Newcastle University.

About iZettle 

iZettle, a member of the PayPal family, is on a mission to help small businesses succeed in a world of giants. Founded in Stockholm in 2010, the financial technology company revolutionised mobile payments with the world’s first mini chip card reader and software for mobile devices. Today iZettle’s commerce platform for small businesses in Europe and Latin America provides tools to get paid, sell smarter and grow your business.

About PayPal

PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 300 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy.

About UN Women UK

UN Women is the only global organisation working for the achievement of gender equality at truly every level of society, from grassroots to government. Its mission is for every woman and girl to have equal access to Safety, Choice and a Voice.

The global convener of the gender equality movement, UN Women works across policy and programmes to support UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. UN Women UK is bringing together organisations, communities and individuals to be a part of the movement, both around the world, and at home on the ground. There has never been a more important year for individuals to get behind the cause, and help change the way the world works for women.