International Women's Day 2018 is celebrated on March 8th.
As well as being a celebration of women’s achievements it also commemorates the movement for women's rights and this year has extra significance as 2018 marks the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, the law that gave the first women the right to vote in the UK.
The focus of this day is gender parity for women everywhere and it is sobering to realise that the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report reckons that gender parity is over 200 years away! Global activism for women’s equality has been in the news just recently with the #MeTOO and #TimesUP campaign, this may have started in Hollywood but women everywhere should be encouraged to embrace the theme of this year’s campaign and #PressforProgress.
Throughout the world in many disadvantaged communities women are working to support their families, educate their children, access medical care and generally improve their lives and we’d like to share a couple of positive stories with you.
One of the many jewellery brands we have chosen for Yours Sustainably is Just Trade, a UK based company working in conjunction with artisans around the world. One of their projects is based in Peru. This ethical jewellery is hand made by women from the Hope Jewellery fair trade project in Lima. These women are able learn new skills, educate their children and secure a better future for their families. This contemporary geometric brass shape pendant and earrings have been hand cut and polished using traditional jewellery techniques.
MAMMU is a social business fashion company that closely cooperates with young Latvian mothers. Many of them are less mobile in the job market due to their inability to manage fixed working hours. As the number of nursery places available is limited if they cannot afford to hire a nanny, a full time job is not an option for them. The state social benefit is so small that these women virtually have to survive on an income way below a minimum subsistence level. MAMMU organizes their training, teaches them skills and provides them with the necessary information needed to set up their own micro-enterprises. After completion of the training stage these women are supplied with the materials needed for production and Mammu provides a guaranteed market and a fair wage.
Throughout the world where ever they live women need and demand equal opportunities. As Gloria Steinem the world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist said
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."
Please support International Women's Day 2018 and #PressforProgress.