Of girls in East Asia and the Pacific have not been able to access distance learning during COVID-19


Reported studying and learning less than usual

$1 bn

What some countries stand to lose by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys


Years of gains made in girls’ education may be erased


Women and girls in South and West Asia may not be able to return to education


Just one more year of school can increase a girl’s earnings when she is an adult by up to 20%

Tracking our progress

/ 1500 hours

We are starting this journey on International Women’s Day 2021


Across Mercer’s markets in AMEA, our teams pledge at least 150 hours of skill-based volunteering over the next 12 months. Our hope is help grow these social enterprises, so they can provide greater educational access and opportunities; to girls from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.


In the months and years ahead, I look forward to sharing stories of the doors that have been opened and the lives -- and futures – of girls that have been transformed across AMEA.

Explore the local organisations partnering with Mercer

Many social enterprises and nonprofits have been hard hit by the pandemic with fewer volunteers and donations. This could hurt their operations, staffing and growth prospects. By supporting these organisation the best way we know how, we can help these social enterprises build back better and stronger so they can expand and support even more girls through education.