At The Little Market, our mission is to support dignified income opportunities for individuals in underserved communities all over the world. A core part of that mission is to raise awareness around human rights. Here on Cultural Exchange, we share avenues in which our readers can use their voices to uplift others. Today, we are recognizing International Day of the Girl Child. Keep reading to learn more about this monumental day.
Beginning in 2012, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl Child, which addresses girls’ needs and advocates for human rights. Today, and every day, we celebrate the achievements and advancements made for equality, while also recognizing the work left to be done.
Around 25 years ago, 30,000 individuals from 200 countries convened for the Fourth World Conference on Women. Through this event, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action created a foundation for women and girl empowerment. This has since transformed into a global movement addressing key issues including child marriage and education inequality. The UN has declared the 2019 theme “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.”
PURCHASE WITH IMPACT
A core part of our mission at The Little Market is to advocate for gender equality. We are proud to connect with artisan groups and fellow charitable organizations that share in our mission of uplifting women and girls. Keep reading for a look at two of the incredible organizations we have partnered with over the past year.
Vow to End Child Marriage
Launched in October 2018, VOW is dedicated to ending child marriage. Every year, 12 million girls are married before turning 18 — some are as young as 8 years old. That is the equivalent of one girl married every three seconds. We have partnered with VOW in support of girls’ rights and because we believe every girl has the right to choose if, when, and whom to marry. Shop to support our collaboration; 50 percent of every purchase will be donated to VOW to End Child Marriage.
And read below for two inspiring stories of impact.
Photo by Ricardo Plantini for VOW
Maria, 15, participates in local workshops where she learns about sexual health, reproductive rights, and education. Maria is now an advocate of these programs, sharing her knowledge and encouraging other community members to join her in learning their rights.
Photo by Hope Nankunda for VOW
Shakirah, 12, participates in a local girls club. Her instructor coaches her on how and when to report the risk of child marriage.
Since 1945, CARE has fought to end poverty and has recognized the extraordinary power of women and girls. When women and girls are empowered with key resources, they can support their own growth as well as their families and communities. Put the HER in HERO with us and shop to support our collaboration. For every purchase, we will donate 50 percent of the purchase price to CARE in support of its advocacy for women’s and girls’ rights.
Thank you for your support of The Little Market and for advancing women’s rights and girls’ rights. Together, we can make a positive difference and create a safer, more peaceful world in which everyone’s human rights are recognized and celebrated.