By gathering in front of the Sponza Palace and a symbolic stroll across Stradun, for the fourth year in a row, Women's Bank Walk was marked in Dubrovnik. An amount of 4157.32 euros was collected by the donations of participants, tourists who could not attend a symbolic walk and paid money directly to the account and donations of 30 euros for each participant from the Finnish sponsors. This put Dubrovnik on the second place after Helsinki with the funds collected, out of a total of 74 cities across Europe where the action was held the same day.
The money is intended to improve the quality of life of women in underdeveloped countries, in terms of education and training.
Year after year symbolic walks for women are getting bigger, and the Finnish representative of Women's Bank Tarja Wingren hopes to continue to expand: - Women's Bank Walk was held in 70 cities last year, during which 89 thousand euros have been raised for a better future for women in underdeveloped countries. This year we are even bigger, and years show that we are moving uphill. Dubrovnik is the only city in Croatia in which this action is being held, and I hope that the rest of Croatia will join us in the future – Dubrovacki vjesnik writes.
The charity walk was started by the Women's Bank (Naisten Pankki), which was founded in 2007, when a group of Finnish business women came back from Liberia, where they’ve seen poverty. In 11 years of operation, they raised more than 10 million euros to fight poverty. They aimed on women and their ability to work independently and earn money. The idea is to educate them and in this way help themselves to earn a living, because they raise the quality of life of women as well as children and ultimately the entire community.