Today is International Women’s Day. Today we reflect on both the achievements of women worldwide and the strides being taken toward gender equality. Our partnership with Fields of Hope is rooted in empowering women to live sustainable lives – allowing them to escape from prostitution. As said today by The Guardian – “Empowering women and girls worldwide is strategic and smart. No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its population behind.” It’s time to end the violence and injustices against women.
I am proud to play a small role in helping these efforts. I am not a feminist, I am a women who cares deeply about other women. Women who are being forced into lives that no HUMAN should ever have to be a part of. Women that are survivors – and are stronger than I will ever be. The way women are treated in developing countries is simply unacceptable. It’s slavery in the most literal sense.
75% of our (The Simple Cup) profits go directly to our nonprofit partner Fields of Hope. We are helping them make their vision a reality. They are soon opening a school, with an after school program that allows mothers to learn skill-sets they otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to. Skill-sets that will help them achieve a sustainable income without having to sell their bodies.
I’m wearing a scarf that was handmade by an Ethiopian woman. It reminds me how talented and yet, how undervalued and mistreated many women are. It inspires me to help these women and share a message of hope.
No women can call herself free who does not own and control her body.
— Margaret Sanger