College ‘Makes it Happen’ for Project My Girl

Staff and students from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences have ‘made it happen’, raising over £500 for the Project My Girl charity in Malawi as part of their International Women’s Day Celebrations.

The theme for 2015’s International Women’s Day was ‘Make it Happen’, to encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women. 

The College of Human and Health Sciences ran a lunch event featuring a charity cake sale at Swansea and St David’s Park campuses, a raffle and presentations from inspirational women, Lizz Roe, Director of the Women’s Equality Network Wales and Dr Susan Carnes Chichlowska who runs Project My Girl. All participants were encouraged to wear the colour purple, the colour of International Women’s Day.

Project My Girl is run by Sue Chichlowska, a research officer at the College’s Centre for Innovative Ageing. Sue has spent time in Malawi, Central Africa over the last 25 years, running Fisherman's Rest Community Projects, a charitable trust based in the Southern part of the country. 

Sue’s daughter, Bethan, spearheads Project My Girl, a project that seeks to empower young women and educate young men to widen the options available to girls in Malawi. Girls often drop out of primary school as soon as they reach puberty, as managing menstrual hygiene at school is difficult.  Project My Girl seeks to intervene and make life just a little bit easier by providing every young girl in the area with washable sanitary wear and underwear and improve toilet facilities in schools, enabling girls to continue in education. 

Professor Joy Merrell, who coordinated the event on behalf of the College said: “This International Women’s Day we certainly fulfilled the theme of ‘Make it Happen’ and my thanks go to everyone who got involved – in baking, selling, wearing purple on the day, buying a raffle ticket and eating those delicious cakes.”