Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 8 is International Women's Day

Help us celebrate International Women's Day! March 8 marks over 100 years of women celebrating women. At AWAZ, that is our goal--to empower women through education and community.

In India women face an uphill battle for gender equality, and basic human rights. Cultural stigma around working women, widowhood, disabilities, and a womans place in the household can make the everyday life very demeaning for many women. Awaz means VOICE in Sanskrit, a name that embodies our mission and beliefs in giving Indian women the voice they deserve. By working direct with artisan groups we bring you fair trade products that make a differance in a woman's life by providing her income, a sense of self worth, and a place in the community as an artisan.
In honor of this world holiday we are offering 15% off all bags for the month of March!

Many of our bags come from Street Shakti, which means “women power” in Hindi, a group that serves as an income generating program for more than 70 low income women in rural communities outside of Dehradun, in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.

By purchasing a bag like this one, you are directly supporting real income-producing activities that empower women to educate themselves and become part of a community.

Simply go to our Online Shop and automatically recieve 15% off ANY purchase of a bag! Help us celebrate the wonderful women we work with in India by supporting their work!

Another way you can help celebrate International Women's day is by supporting Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans (OATH). OATH is a local chapter of a national group whose mission is to prevent the exploitation of men, women and youth, by educating and promoting practical community engagement by Oregonians in order to end the tragedy of trafficking.

What can you do? You can sign up to receive OATH's newsletter, become a volunteer with the group, follow them on facebook, and strive to be an advocate for anyone at risk of becoming victimized.

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