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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Support International Women’s Day

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future and is this year being held on Saturday 8th March.

According to the UN, women do around 67% of the work in the world, but receive 30-40% less than men for comparable work, and many in developing countries receive no remuneration at all.   Although, here in the UK we have come a long way since the time of the suffragettes and achieved political, social and economic equality, in many countries this in not the case. To improve this, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) is urging governments to make changes to stop this inequality and embrace an agenda for change.

So, to show the world how fair trade can make a difference to everyone’s lives, WFTO is celebrating the inspiring women who participate in fair trade enterprise across the world.  Fair Trade helps improve the lives of women globally by promoting sustainable livelihoods and development opportunities, and by ensuring those who do the work reap the reward of their efforts.

Here at Myakka, we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the women of SKSN School for physically challenged children who attend the vocational training centre (VTC) to learn seamstress skills.  Once their studies are complete, the young women use their developed skills to produce cushions, throws, bags and clothing providing an income and independence for them and their families.

Myakka has worked closely with SKSN School since 2009 providing regular annual donations towards both the school requirements and the VTC project specifically.  We have developed a range of soft furnishing products hand produced by SKSN for sale here at Myakka.  Not a charitable purchase, these products are the very essence of our passion for fair trade. The materials are locally sourced, the work is done with enthusiasm and there's no compromise on quality, giving simply beautiful results. 

Currently we have a range four products we have developed with SKSN. Our original Pure Silk Cushions were the first design and are an evergreen favourite. Our Sari Patchwork Cushions and Sari Patchwork Bedspread are a popular addition to the range and look great on a bed together. The final addition to the range is the Sari Patchwork Shoulder Bag, the perfect accessory for any outfit!

Discrimination, inequality and injustice against females continue to be global problems that call for more action.  Grassroots fair trade projects across the world can help improve the lives of women and their families, providing education and training for a better future.  By supporting fair trade and International Women’s Day, we can each help to recognise and promote these steps towards equality.  

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