March 8 is International Women's Day - a day to focus celebrations on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
On March 8th - and on every day - we at World's Window celebrate so many of our vendor companies working to raise women out of health-threatening life situations, gain more training, break generational and cultural bonds and support families and future generations.
From World's Window, we give a big "high 5" this March 8th to -
Malia Designs - rescuing women from human trafficking. Malia Designs was formed to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and to support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia. By bringing their handbags made from recycled feed and cement bags to Western markets, they can expand women's access to sustainable income.
Sseko Designs - Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. And it is working! Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place. The beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable straps have been a warm-weather favorite at World's Window since their first year of production.
Sankofa Center - Sankofa’s line of clothing and home decor made from beautiful, traditional African textiles not only provides sustainable Fair-Trade income for women in outreach communities in Ghana; but also finances the continuation of HIV/AIDS education projects. Since 2007, their Fair-Trade Co-op has grown to support over 200 women in various communities making the product line while helping to finance free HIV/AIDS services for 10,000 community members yearly in Ghana!
This year parity and equality for women is the main focus of International Women's Day. While progress has been made in this regard, in the last several years progress has definitely slowed throughout the world with estimations it will still be over 100 years until women achieve equal parity with men. "Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity." (internationalwomensday.com)
We celebrate all those working to better the lives of women throughout the world. Today - Thank you, Malia Designs, Sseko Designs and Sankofa Center!