This article was first published on mishcon.com on 30 October 2023.
Mishcon de Reya have announced their new partnership with educational social enterprise U-Go. U-Go funds higher educational opportunities for women in low-income countries.
Mishcon de Reya offices in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore are funding 100 scholarships for women from low-income countries, which will enable them to pursue higher education at their local universities for three years.
This is Mishcon de Reya’s first Impact collaboration across the UK and Asia offices, and the funding will have a global impact. U-Go works across Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam. U-Go has already awarded long-term scholarships to over 2,400 young women.
The scholarships will begin from this academic year and will be distributed by U-Go.
John Wood, Founder and CEO at U-Go said, “We’re delighted to be working with Mishcon. The firm’s understanding of the importance of championing social mobility makes them the ideal corporate partner, and we look forward to the next three years.”
James Libson, Managing Partner at Mishcon de Reya said, “It’s a great honour to be working alongside U-Go. John has a proven track record of expertise in this sector through his other venture, Room to Read, and we are excited to contribute to a global offering.”
Tahirah Ara, Managing Partner Singapore and Head of Asia, said, “This partnership with U-Go is a great opportunity for us to support the economic mobility of young women in developing countries across South Asia and Southeast Asia. We look forward to working with U-Go to create a lasting and positive impact on the lives of these women."
Jason Karas, Managing Partner Karas So LLP in association with Mishcon de Reya in Hong Kong said, “Our collaboration with U-Go is a natural fit. Both the Mishcon de Reya Group and U-Go understand the importance of education as a key aspect of social mobility, and we are excited to see where this partnership leads.”
Driven by the core belief that while talent is universal, opportunity often is not, U-Go awards long-term university to thousands of ambitious and promising young women in low-income countries. U-Go is the second social enterprise founded by Room to Read Founder John Wood.