8th March: A date to celebrate how far women have come in society, business and in politics, while raising awareness to call for continued gender equality through organised strikes and protests.
But did you know when did this all started? More than a century ago in 1908, 15,000 brave women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote.
The first Women’s Day was consequently celebrated internationally in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
Wow, a more than a century old tradition to empower women. So what is the relevance of this day in 2018? What have we done in reducing discrimination against women; whether at home, office or on the road?
As per UN Women estimates, women are paid at least 15% less than men and still bear a disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work. Since these discriminations and gender gaps still exist, we have decided to highlight some of the key issues which are less talked in our society to show how we are still #notthereyet.
The original aim of achieving full gender equality for women everywhere has still not been realised yet. Currently, there are numerous pressing issues globally, where women’s education, health, pay and rights are still worse off than that of men.
As per the Global Gender Gap Index of World Economic Forum, the gender equality gap is increasing instead of closing. Coupled with the recent Hollywood scandals, it is more important than ever to aim for progress.
The theme for us this year is #PressForProgress, to encourage women to continue fighting for their rights till gender parity is achieved. Calculate your country’s gender gap here.
Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Aleta Baun with the Mollo weavers in Indonesia
Picture credit – Mollo Weavers
Empowering women artisans is one of the core pillars which Coopita’s work is based on. Whether its indigenous weavers in Indonesia or remarkable leaders of artisanal social enterprises in Manila, Coopita looks to understand their key issues and provide sustainable solutions to them.
We have been blessed to partner with maker partners who have done remarkable work in empowering women in their communities. We will be celebrating these maker partners while highlighting the key issues that an average woman faces today across the world irrespective of her background because we are #notthereyet.
This March, Coopita is dedicating the whole month to showcase some of our passionate and inspiring female makers; their craft, their grit as well as their stories on how their work is transforming their lives and their communities. We are celebrating their courage and persistence in staying true to their ideals and pressing on despite challenges.
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Bonus: We will be hosting a giveaway for Women’s Day so stay tune on our social media and be prepared to win some exciting gifts from our featured makers!