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- Milaan Foundation Partners With Sony Music Entertainment India to Empower Adolescent Girls in India
- Oct 07, 2022
Funding from the Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Fund will be used to promote education, health, and gender equality among adolescent girls in Uttar Pradesh
Sony Music India is excited to announce the Milaan Foundation as a new partner through our Global Social Justice Fund. Milaan Foundation aims to uplift and empower adolescent girls across the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, which has the largest population of adolescent girls in the country.
Through this new funding, Milaan Foundation plans to scale its flagship Girl Icon Program, a leadership development program that invests in empowering girls at the grassroots level, delivering comprehensive life-skills-based education and instigating collective social action. In the first phase, Milaan will train 2,000 leaders across three states to work with 40,000 young women, with a goal of reaching a total target of working with 100,000 girls by 2025. With the support of funding from Sony Music India, Milaan Foundation will further promote continued secondary education, work to prevent child marriages and gender-based violence, and support the health and wellbeing of adolescent girls from marginalized communities across India.
“Every girl deserves a life of dignity, opportunity and access to education,” said Dhirendra Pratap Singh, Chief Executive Officer of Milaan. “We envision an inclusive and equal world, where every girl is educated, healthy and safe to explore her full potential. Thanks to funding from Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Fund, we can fast-track the education and empowerment of adolescent girls, cultivating our next generation of female leaders. We are delighted to work hand-in-hand with Sony Music India to further our mission to impart young women with the knowledge, skills, and the social environment needed to pursue their aspirations”.
“We are delighted to partner with the Milaan Foundation who are doing fantastic work to empower and inspire young women across the country,” said Rajat Kakkar, Managing Director, Sony Music Entertainment, India. “As a global music company, Sony Music is committed to actively supporting communities across where we operate. Empowering people is key to what we do, and we hope to do the same in partnership with the Milaan Foundation.”
Established in 2007, Milaan Foundation is a social impact organization with the purpose to empower girls to stand up for themselves by advancing their skills, rights and opportunities and unlocking their voice, choice, and power. The funding from Sony Music will be used to invest in technology, deliver life skills and leadership education, offer mentorship, and promote community participation to advance gender equality.
Milaan Foundation is the latest recipient announced in Asia from Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Fund. Launched in 2020, the Fund supports social justice and anti-racist initiatives around the world. Two years on, the Fund has pledged 71% of the total $100 Million USD fund to more than 400 community organizations worldwide, covering areas including civic engagement, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, and education.