Empowering women through better quality of lives and financial independence
The 6° Academy for Women aims to connect women throughout the world, who are motivated in becoming financially independent, and who in turn are inspired to connect and reach out to other women within their communities and networks to provide the same opportunities.
We aim to achieve this through targeted vocational skills training programmes based on local needs and context, enabling them and future generations to improve their lives.
Facilitate hands-on vocational skills training focused on local needs.
Offer business training programmes to set up own small business.
Job matching between potential employee and employer after completion of training programme.
We met in Singapore in 2011 - both career women with children - facing the daily challenge of managing work and family in a culture that does little to support women to find the right balance.
Even before the idea of starting our own foundation was born, we had many conversations regarding giving back to the community and helping disadvantaged women lead better lives through financial independence. How exactly we were going to achieve this was still unknown.
Once we returned to the Netherlands, we decided to set up our foundation to provide vocational skills training to women in disadvantaged countries and agreed that Nepal would be our pilot; it holds a very special place in our hearts being Gita’s birth country. As the buddhist belief goes: “It is through our intentions that things manifest themselves.” So it was not by chance that we met a special lady who from the get-go believed in our vision and readily shared her ideas and network. Being still very active in Nepal, she also helped arrange our initial research trip in October 2017. Once we were on the ground, we were able to identify opportunities for our foundation and were excited to set the wheels of change in motion.
Within a few weeks a business plan had to be written, advisors and board members identified, but most importantly the identity of our foundation had to be finalised. Tapping into our international network, we quickly gathered a group of talented and motivated women and men from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds to help us develop our business plan, design our logo and website, and register our foundation so that our vision could come to life.
We came up with the name “6° Academy for Women”. The name is inspired by the theory of '6 Degrees of Separation' which states that every person in the world is connected to any other person in six or less steps, so that a chain of 'a friend of a friend' statements can be made to connect two people in a maximum of six steps.
Our first fundraising activity is currently underway and we aim to start our very first project in early 2018.
We would love for you to be part of our network, and together we can help as many women as possible by bringing us closer together through 6° of separation or less.