Happy International Women’s Day! While a lot of progress has been made and there is a lot to celebrate, it’s also important to remember there is a lot of work to be done! Women all over the world are still being mistreated and struggling to survive. Here are a few brands working to empower women in different parts of the world and create communities & safe spaces for women living in poverty, survivors, and refugees.
Darzah: Empowering Low Income & Refugee Women in Palestine
Darzah is an ethical accessory brand working to create job opportunities for refugee and low income women artisans in Palestine. Darzah works to cherish the tatreez embroidery and Palestine heritage through their product designs. Each purchase of Darzah goods supports training and employment programs on the West Bank.
BRANDED Collective: Jewelry That Empowers Survivors of Trafficking in the USA
BRANDED Collective is a jewelry brand providing job training and employment to survivors of human trafficking in Nashville. While based in Tennessee, BRANDED Collective works with survivors who have been trafficked through out the U.S. and internationally. BRANDED Collective’s jewelry is connecting survivors to consumers through their Messages of Hope. When a customer purchases a piece of jewelry they are able to register their unique number, read a bit about the survivor who made their piece, and send her a Message of Hope to empower her.
Dazey LA: Celebrating Feminism with Bold Design & Slow Fashion
Dazey LA celebrates slow fashion and feminism through art apparel on a mission to empower women through conversation and community. Their retro-inspired, feminist pieces are made to order in LA. Their bold graphic tees encourage conversation about feminism, empowerment, inclusion, and more. Their slow fashion and zero waste efforts are leading the way for other brands striving to be conscious. Use the code HONEST10 for 10% off your first Dazey LA order!
Malia Designs: Ethical & Sustainable Accessories Empowering Women in Cambodia
Malia Designs is a socially responsible brand that designs and sells fair trade handbags and accessories. Malia Designs products are handcrafted in Cambodia by fair trade producer groups mainly employing at-risk women and the disabled community members. Every purchase helps to fight human trafficking through their donations and non-profit partnerships. Bags are crafted using responsible materials such as recycled cement bags, up-cycled cotton, & more.
Mother Erth: Sustainable Employment Opportunities for Mothers in the Philippines
Mother Erth creates durable, zero waste bags made from recycled materials. Along with making a positive impact on the planet, these innovative bags also provide employment for low income mothers in the Philippines. Mother Erth launched in September 2017 with the intent to reduce waste and impact the lives of hardworking mothers in the Philippines. By empowering the mothers, Mother Erth has a positive effect on the entire family, allowing the mothers to provide and educate their children.
Swahili Coast: Worker Owned Co-Ops in East Africa
Swahili Coast works with worker owned co-ops that use fair trade practices and have positive working environments, while focusing on bringing the incredible artistry and talents of East African Artisans to global markets. Swahili Coast works mainly with women artisans who are the sole breadwinners for their families which is why the worker owned co-op is so important. With Swahili Coast's "power over pity” motto they're empowering women through employment and community.
ABLE: Ethical Fashion, Empowerment, & Ending generational poverty
ABLE employs and empowers women living in developing countries while encouraging economic growth and reducing poverty. Women are paid fair wages and provided with a safe work environment, allowing them to grow individually and support their families. ABLE is continuously working to end generational poverty and advocate for ethical fashion.
Thistle Farms: Empowering Survivors of Trafficking
Thistle Farms is a brand of natural home and body products handcrafted by survivors of addiction, prostitution, and human trafficking. Thistle Farm's employment program is just one of many ways this social enterprise is empowering women.
THINX: Providing women in need with period products.
THINX period panties are a sustainable alternative to pads that also give back to women in need. THINX works to provide period products to communities who do not have access to menstrual products. Through THNIX’s EveryBody program, they work with schools and nonprofits to empower young people with medically accurate and inclusive information about their changing bodies.
The Tote Project
The Tote Project creates fair trade, organic cotton pouches and tote bags ethically made by survivors of human trafficking. The Tote Project’s affordable tote bags are made with 100% organic cotton canvas. Pouches are made with 100% organic cotton and lined with recycled sari with a braided recycled sari tassel. The Tote Project also gives a portion of their proceeds to Two Wings which mentors at risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking.
Fair Anita: Investing in the Future of Women
Fair Anita invests in the future of women around the world through artisan empowerment. Fair Anita currently works with 8,000 artisans in 16 different countries creating fair trade goods and paying artisans three times the minimum wage.
Landmine Design: A Safe Haven for Women
Landmine Design is empowering women in The Minefield Village situated between Cambodia and Thailand by providing training and employment. While sex-trafficking is prevalent in this area, Landmine Design is a safe haven for women to gain a sense of community while receiving a fair salary through jewelry creation.
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