Cummins Inc. continues to challenge gender inequality through its Cummins Powers Women programme
International Women’s Day on 8 March marked the programme’s third year
By: Thapelo Phukuje
Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced it has surpassed $20 million in giving to community partners through Cummins Powers Women as the programme enters its fourth year. Through supporting a wide range of programmes from on-the-ground mentoring and teaching of women and girls, to financial empowerment through entrepreneurship, to leadership development and advocacy at the regional level, the impact of Cummins Powers Women is considerable. The programme has enabled equal rights and opportunity for 98 000 women and girls in 18 countries; and funded 99 advocacy grants resulting in 14 gender equality law and policy changes that positively impacted the lives of 17.4 million women and girls in the company’s global communities.
“Last year was an incredibly challenging one on so many fronts, and women and people of colour were among the most significantly impacted,” says Mary Titsworth Chandler, Vice President of Community Relations and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation. “Many of our Cummins Powers Women non-profit partners shifted their work quickly to address urgent needs that arose from the pandemic, such as the increase in domestic violence and need for personal hygiene supplies, while also adapting their longer-term efforts to advocate for girls and women to the new realities presented by the global pandemic.”
Cummins will continue to partner with and support organisations like Girls Inc., CAMFED, CARE and Rise Up. In addition, the company announced the programme’s newest partnership with Promundo on International Women’s Day on 8 March. Promundo’s work focuses on engaging men and boys to advance gender equality and create a world free from violence.
“We celebrate women’s leadership, and continue to affirm that men must be full partners in achieving gender equality, including by taking measures to end sexism and discrimination, remove barriers to women’s advancement, and equitably share the responsibilities of raising children and taking care of our homes,” says Gary Barker, President and CEO, Promundo US. “Along with our partners at the Kering Foundation, we’re thrilled to partner with Cummins to help advance this vision and look toward the future – focusing on creating change early in boys’ lives, by shifting the ways in which we’re raising them. By supporting boys to embrace connection, reject sexism, and break free from harmful stereotypes, we’re hoping to set the stage for a more equal future.”
“We chose to support Promundo because of our shared belief that working with men and boys to change harmful gender norms and unequal power dynamics is a critical part of the solution to achieving gender equality,” says Antonio Leitao, Vice President of Cummins’ Europe Area Business Organisation.
Cummins launched Cummins Powers Women in 2018 as the company’s most ambitious community initiative ever. The programme has achieved significant results by partnering with expert non-profits and leveraging the unique skills and talents of Cummins employees and leaders in a collective and strategic effort.
In addition to recognising the impact made by the Cummins Powers Women programme on International Women’s Day, Cummins held 24 hours of continuous conversations, during which employees and leaders discussed internal and external progress on the company’s gender diversity efforts in honour of this year’s theme of choosing to challenge gender bias and inequality.
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