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This is the100th year of International Women’s Day!

March 8th is International Women’s Day – ‘a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future’. The first celebration was held in 1911 – in honour of the work of the suffragettes, who fought for women’s rights to vote. The fought for something that we now consider a basic concept of humanity – women are people too.

In 2011, this is not an issue anymore – for the most part. Even in some of the most isolated and underdeveloped parts of our world, women are gaining more power and becoming more self-sufficient through economic and social development. But there is still much more to be done. This day is a chance to address the issue of discrimination against women that is still prevalent. To address the issues of helping women around the world receive better education opportunities, address violence against women and help ways to make these women more independent.

This is our goal – many of the artisans we work with are women from some of the most deprived and disadvantaged communities. They have very little opportunities for self development and growth and in most cases, their work and their identity both remain uncounted or undercounted and unseen. We give these women a stage to share their stories, an ability to grow and the opportunity to better their lives and their communities. A chance to help them become more self-sufficient, while improving their communities, and indirectly the lives of other women in those communities. So we are proud to be part of this movement that has been continuing for 100 years. To learn more about some of these artisans, click here.

For more information on International Women’s Day, click here.