International Women's Day 2016
International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8th and the theme for 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The gap between men and women in health, education, economy and politics needs to be narrowed and ultimately removed, the World Economic Forum estimated in 2015 that the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.
Yours Sustainably source ‘Gifts That Matter’, the best ethical, well designed home and fashion accessories from around the world and as a mother and daughter business, we have a special interest in women for women businesses. Many of our products are made by women living in marginalised communities, with support and training these women are able to feed their families, pay for health care and educate their children. The chance to work means women gain skills, very often work for the first time in their lives and they achieve some status in their society. On International Women’s Day we’d like to share with you three stories of companies established by women who are working with women's groups, all striving to benefit the lives of less fortunate communities.
This fair-trade company believe in traditional artisan skills and work with long-term partners to produce beautiful hand woven textiles. Working mainly with women-led small businesses, family enterprises and community cooperatives their sustainable support translates into health care, education and economic stability.
Founded in 2006 jewellery designer Laura Cave collaborates with artisans throughout the developing world to produce stylish, desirable handmade jewellery. using locally sourced, environmentally sound, sustainable materials. As Naty from the Zoe Project in Peru says “I like this work, at 59 years old I learnt how to make jewellery, I never thought that I would do this. Now I can help the economy of my household, I pay for the food for myself and my husband. I feel important, I never had the opportunity to work before”.
This social enterprise based out of New Delhi was founded by Australian Katherine Neumann. Partnering with women’s groups, cooperatives and NCOs, beautiful hand woven natural fibres and vintage upcycled textiles are transformed into desirable scarves, bags, jewellery and clothing by female artisans using traditional skills and crafts. Designed for the socially-conscious consumer who will appreciate the exquisite quality, each purchase will help address the poverty and inequality within disadvantaged communities.
Women throughout the world are striving for equality and these three companies are facilitating change, Yours Sustainably are happy to be part of their story this International Women's Day.