There may be some arguments against empowering women and what it may cost, but there is also a huge cost in denying women’s rights as well. I can’t help but believe that educated, empowered women will make better choices, allowing a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. (via Girls are Rising | the fair trade fashionistas)
Did you know that women around the world spend 200 MILLION HOURS A DAY collecting water. WHAT!? I have it readily available within 10-15 FEET of any spot in my house. And even outside of my house when you consider the hose pipe or irrigation system. (via Water runs dry « the fair trade fashionistas)
The End Trafficking project is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking project aims to bring us all closer to a day when there are ZERO exploited children.
Around the world, 870 million people do not have enough to eat. What makes this all the more difficult is the knowledge that there is enough food in the world today for everyone to have the nourishment necessary for a healthy and productive life. (via Ring in 2013 with a donation to World Food Programme « the fair trade fashionistas)
Through Noonday Collection, I learned about Beza Entonto Outreach which provides holistic opportunities for people from the Entoto community (a largely HIV+ community on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) to change their situations by offering job training, medical support, supplemental dietary support, teaching, and counseling for the adults in the program. For the children, it provides educational support, supplemental dietary support, and morals and values teachings. You can take a look at some of the beautiful jewelry they make as part of job training at my Noonday site. All fairly traded, and hand-made from melted down bullets and artillery casings. (my favorite? It’s a toss up between these earrings and this necklace.)
Today’s the day!! I’ve now seen it called Giving Tuesday, Generous Tuesday, and Fair Tuesday, but there is one unifying message: let’s make a difference! Either by charitable donations, like tying Pure Charity into your online shopping. (Imagine the difference that could have/should have been made yesterday with all of that online shopping!!) Or the message of Fair Tuesday which is to just buy one fair trade item. Did you know that if we, as consumers here in America, made just one fair trade purchase, it would lift ONE MILLION (let me write that out this way because it looks more impressive: 1,000,000) families out of poverty for one whole year. Does that boggle your mind? It does mine! There is power in that! And it helps to take away some of the overwhelming-ness of big issues like poverty, modern day slavery, and people living with HIV/AIDS or those who are abused, since fair trade typically protects those very people.
I believe in harnessing the power of social media for good. Never has there been a greater opportunity for one person to make a positive impact (with minimal effort required)!! I love that I can advocate for the oppressed and educate people in my sphere of influence (and beyond!) from my own home.
Global Team of 200 Member: Brandi Mendenhall
Fair trade fashionista and mama. I believe in educating consumers and encouraging them to play a more active role in their consumption choices.