I am very lucky to have received a fantastic education, partly because the British government provides such a high level of education for free, but also because my family have supported and pushed me to achieve. The sky’s the limit for me, and I know it’s a really important part of my journey to become a businesswoman. And also probably why I’m so keen to step up and be the loud voice needed to promote a more sustainable wedding industry.
However, I know that the same cannot be said for all women, especially in other countries. Partly because there isn’t such a strong (free) educational infrastructure elsewhere, but also because of cultural values and norms that don’t encourage women to get an education and pursue their chosen career.
Therefore, the ‘1% for the people’ funds will go towards an organisation that helps to educate and empower women in countries around the world. Some research suggests that a woman with a higher educational level will earn 25% more salary per earn, she’ll be 3x less likely to become HIV-positive, she’ll marry later and have a smaller, healthier family, she’ll support her own children through education, and she’ll avoid gender based violence. I already live in a world where that is a given, so I’d like to help create that environment for other women. I also know that diversity in British industry creates innovative, rewarding businesses that achieve amazing things, so it’s something that should happen everywhere.
I have decided to support CAMFED – the campaign for female education – for the 1% for the people donation. I keep coming back to this charity over my other options as the way they’re structured and the opportunities they offer to women will, in my opinion, make such a huge difference. Some of the aims and projects of CAMFED focus on supporting girls through education (with supplies, funding and mentoring, for those who would otherwise miss out due to poverty), training young women so they can be financially independent and empowering local leaders/mentors to create change in their local communities e.g. adopt more sustainable farming practices. They are working to the UN’s sustainable development goals, spend over 94% of their funds directly on the work they do, and are working on something that I think is really important.
Britain is home to some amazing flora and fauna, from beautiful coastlines to dense ancient forests and a broad array of wildlife. Not only do they look all beautiful, but they also play a big role in the air that we breathe and the continuation of our outside spaces. Bees for example play an important role in pollinating our crops and flowers. Without flowers, the countryside would be a far duller place and without bees, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy beautiful, naturally grown British flowers at our weddings.
Therefore, the ‘1% for the planet’ funds will go towards an organisation that helps with vital flora and fauna conservation work in the UK. The more we can protect our native landscapes and animals, the more we can enjoy them, not only for weddings but also more generally. Not only that, but we can also make sure that future generations have the same (or better) spaces to enjoy.
I’ve chosen CPRE – the campaign to protect rural England – for the planet donation as they’re doing a few different things that relate to how I work. Some of their aims and projects focus on sustainable farming, climate change (incl. zero waste), protecting green belt land from development and helping everyone discover and enjoy the countryside. 79% of their funds go directly towards their work (on the higher side for many of the other organisations I considered) and they’re a small to medium sized charity where your funds can really make a difference (again, unlike some of the other options I considered).