International Women's Day originated at the beginning of the 20th century, to promote the rights of women, including the right to vote. In the 1960s, the topic of women's rights took precedence again, with a focus on equal pay, equal economic opportunity, equal legal rights, reproductive rights, subsidized childcare and the prevention of violence against women.
In the next 60 years women have made great strides in the search for equal pay, but there have been many setbacks. Violence against women is commonplace around the world, in many places women are still possession of their families, and children marriage tragically still happens.
We need to still fight for our rights. We will always have to do so. I want to thank all the women I know that work hard to care for their loved ones. It is a known fact that when women have financial freedom, their families and communities benefit. I want to thank my Wayuu partners, all females, who through the items you purchase, can take care of their families and keep their traditions alive.
Picture courtesy of The Wayuu Taya Foundation