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Empowering Women on International Women’s Day

On 28, Feb 2017 | In Artisans, Events, Fair Trade News, Human Rights, HumanKind News, HumanKind Vendors | By HumanKind Fair Trade

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are asking you to join us on Wednesday, March 8th to contribute to our efforts to create new opportunities for women, both locally and internationally. You already know that purchasing at HumanKind supports women artisans in developing countries. On March 8, 100% of our profits that day will be donated to the Women’s Legacy Fund, a fund of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County.

The UN’s International Women’s Day’s theme this year is “Women in the Changing World of Work“.   The world of work is changing, and with significant implications for women.  On one hand, we have globalization, technological and digital revolution and the opportunities they bring, and on the other hand, the growing informality of labor, unstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal and trade policies and environmental impacts—all of which must be addressed in the context of women’s economic empowerment.

What better way to celebrate and promote this year’s theme than to highlight ordinary women and girls seeking to live their dreams.  We do that by focusing on two examples — one 9,355 miles away and the other right here in San Luis Obispo.


Meet Jovian, one of the women who is working at Sseko Designs, saving money so that she can go on to college. She wants to study mechanical engineering Makerere University in Uganda. Students there recently built an electronic bus and Jovian says, “I wish I had been working on that!” This woman is pursuing her dreams!

Based in Uganda, Sseko Designs, one of the many fashion brands sold at HumanKind Fair Trade. Through the sale of beautiful handbags, accessories and leather sandals, they create opportunity and community for women globally.  They believe that every woman has a dream. When she has the opportunity to pursue those dreams, we are collectively walking towards a brighter, more just and beautiful world.  For more on their story visit their website.

Here in San Luis, grants from the Women’s Legacy Fund support organizations that assist women and girls to strengthen their physical, emotional, intellectual and financial well-being.   In 2016, the Fund presented their largest amount in grants with $55,000 awarded to local programs to empower young girls.  Boys and Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County received a multi-year award of $40,000 for their SMART Girls curriculum in Atascadero and Paso Robles.  Community Action Partnership San Luis Obispo received a $15,000 grant to support its partnership with Soroptimist International to provide a self-esteem building program named Dream It, Be It to help girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of women here and abroad. We hope to see you on March 8th!

[post written by Joan Parker, HumanKind Board Member]