Recognizing International Women’s Day

Maya-Angelou-IWD-pinkAt The Little Market, our mission is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women in need all over the world through dignified job opportunities. We support sustainable income through the purchases of ethically sourced, handmade, fair trade products. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for women’s rights. Today, we are celebrating International Women’s Day!  

International Women’s Day is recognized annually on March 8, and it is a beautiful reminder of the importance of supporting women. It presents the opportunity to celebrate the numerous advancements made for gender equality and achievements made by women in all arenas, politically, socially, economically, and culturally. While a time for reflection, it is also a global day dedicated to acknowledging what is left to be done to achieve gender parity.

International Women’s Day has been recognized since the early 1900s and originated from the activities of labor movements taking place in North America and Europe. This evolving movement has expanded upon its reach and has brought individuals around the world together in the work toward equal rights for everyone.

The United Nations has declared the 2019 International Women’s Day theme as “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” This theme focuses on innovative ways we can advance gender equality and women empowerment, with a specific concentration on social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure. This theme goes hand-in-hand with the focus of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The United Nations calls upon industry leaders, start-ups, innovators, social entrepreneurs, and activists behind gender equality to consider how innovation can help us progress forward.

Together, we can all work toward a world in which everyone has equal rights and in which there is gender parity. Thank you for joining The Little Market as we empower women in need around the world through dignified job opportunities and by being vocal advocates of women’s rights.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you? Let us know in the comments below or on Instagram by tagging us @thelittlemarket.

Sources
United Nations – International Women’s Day – History of the Day
UN Women – International Women’s Day 2019 Theme
UN – International Women’s Day 2019
UN Women – CSW63 – 2019

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