Harnessing education to empower women, Tupperware Brands today announced the creation of the Tupperware Global Links Program, a yearlong externship designed to inspire a new generation of Iraqi women entrepreneurs and, in turn, help strengthen the country's struggling economy and rebuild its middle class. Tupperware, a longtime World Economic Forum (WEF) participant, is announcing the initiative at the annual meeting because of its strong and ongoing connection to WEF's Global Gender Parity Group and because it exemplifies this year's conference theme: The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models.
Developed in partnership with the U.S. Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues and Rollins College, the Global Links program will sponsor a female Iraqi professor in the United States for one year. The two-part program includes a hands-on externship at Tupperware's headquarters in Orlando and an academic year in residence at nearby Rollins College, where she will participate in a specially designed curriculum focused on entrepreneurship, women business ownership and financial self-sufficiency. Using a "train-the-trainer" model, the program will enable the professor to return to Iraq and impart her training on hundreds of Iraqi university students.
Tupperware, which operates globally and invests in the social, economic and educational empowerment of women all over the world, identified a need for the Global Links program during a site visit in Iraq. The company wanted to invest in Iraq's long-term future by leveraging the untapped potential in women, who can play an important role in helping to drive recovery and growth.