We are pleased to share that our CEO, Sally Hetherington OAM, has been recognised by the International Alliance for Women as a 100 Women of Difference in the NGO category.
The TIAW World of Difference 100 Award recognizes women, and men, whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide. Whether the candidate is working on a small scale in the developing world or making an impact at the topic of the world’s biggest businesses, whether your candidate is well known or an unsung heroine or hero, we want you to tell us the stories of the people whose extraordinary achievements are furthering the economic empowerment of women.
Sally works tirelessly to empower Cambodian women to achieve economic independence. In 2011, Sally left her job and travelled to Cambodia to help those out of poverty, however, here she realised the negative impacts of voluntourism. She discovered Human and Hope Association (HHA) a small, makeshift, nightly English school, and spent the next four years as HHA’s Operations Manager, working with a salary that could not pay off her rent, to transform the school into a registered charity that is ethically and sustainably run by locally-trained staff.
Sally established a sewing program to teach vulnerable Cambodian women sewing, business and life skills. This 10-month program has seen 19 women move out of the poverty bracket and continue to remain out for a minimum of one year. 72% of participants reported a reduction in domestic violence as a direct result of the program, 9 sewing graduates have built a new home. Sally set up a successful social enterprise for HHA, that saw AUD$13,000 made from wholesale orders and handicraft sales in 2018, providing an income for sewing graduates and funds for HHA to support their programs.
By mid-2016, HHA achieved the status of being entirely run by Cambodians, and Sally returned to Australia. Now volunteering full-time with HHA Incorporated in Australia and receiving payment for just 10 hours a week, Sally manages a team of 18 volunteers to raise funds. Since 2013, Sally has raised over $250,000 for HHA. Sally has personally volunteered over 7,000 hours to HHA Inc. and loves engaging with the Australian community to discuss her experiences on gender inequalities in Cambodia. She holds regular markets to sell the handicrafts made by the women she has empowered to achieve economic independence.
Congratulations to Sally on this great recognition!