A long-time champion of education for all

Hikmet Ersek, President and Chief Executive Officer, Western Union

"We believe that every girl, everywhere, should have the chance to pursue her dreams.

"That’s why Western Union is a proud supporter of International Women’s Day and a long-time champion of education for all.

"Education is one of the most important investments we can make. It turns girls into leaders. It turns global citizens into economic drivers, who then continue to invest in education.

"We see it every day. We move billions of dollars for people who are empowering others through education.

"The Western Union Foundation has provided more than $110 million in charitable giving since 2001, of which nearly 90% is allocated towards education.

"This has led the Foundation to introduce the WU Scholars Program, a global sponsorship programme dedicated to the education and empowerment of students around the world, including even more women."

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