End VAW this Father’s Day

There are many ways that we can end violence against women. Of course the simplest and most obvious is to get perpetrators to just stop. But as simple as that sounds it’s a message that struggles to get through.

In fact here in Australia women are three times more likely to experience violence than men. Three times.

Around the world those numbers vary and in some countries they are much much higher. One way to shift the power imbalance that causes violence against women is to economically empower women. That is giving them a means of income that allows them to be autonomous and equal.

Organisations such as Oxfam have provided ways we here in Australia can do that for women around the world. With Father’s Day fast approaching here is an opportunity to not only indulge Dad, but at the same time empower a women to support her family and create a world for herself where she is free from violence.

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So start with some hope on a rope

These 100% natural soaps are hand-crafted by women in the red-light district of Bangladesh who have made a clean break from their previous lifestyle and chosen soap making as an alternative source of income. These soaps are packaged with love and marked with a thumbprint by the courageous and inspirational women that make them!

 

 

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Or for the Dad who likes all this automobile – a recycled tyre toiletry bag

In 2000, a Colombian-based business named Sapia was founded in order to market practical and beautiful products crafted from recycled and natural materials.  As a fair-trade association based in a country where there is no standard income, Sapia works with low-income female artisans and supports them in leading sustainable lives.

 

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image012image011 image010 Perhaps he’s more of a bike man

As a proud Fairtrade organisation, Noah’s Ark’s mission has been to change lives through education, and to help artisans become more aware of fair working conditions.  Noah’s Ark ensures men and women are paid equally.  Offering invaluable employment to mothers, Noah’s Ark enables women to work from home and where they can balance their work with their children’s needs and their household responsibilities.

  1. Recycled bike chain keyring. The ON-THE-MOVE keying is made from kinetic up- cycled bike chain links and finished in smart silver. This sturdy little number will ensure you never lose your keys again.
  2. Bike chain photoframe. Through the creative initiative of an inspired metal worker from the Noah’s Ark workshop in Moradabad, the idea for a range of recycled bicycle chain homewares was born which included this photo frame. Using recycled bike chains that are hand soldered together, the photo frame is then formed into a rigid shape and electro plated in a silver nickel finish to form this fun and funky bicycle chain frame.
  3. Cufflinks. These funky bicycle chain cufflinks are beautifully finished in industrial chrome. Inspired by Albert Einstein’s famous quote: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. In black gift box, featuring quote.
  4. Recycled bike chain bowl.

 

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Or maybe he’s a bit of a green thumb

CORR-The Jute Works began its journey in 1973 with a special mission to rehabilitate war-affected poor rural women of Bangladesh. This rehabilitation was to be achieved by providing the women with opportunities for economic independence by producing handcrafted items outimage005 of the locally available raw material ‘jute’. Jute is a strong natural fibre grown in abundance in Bangladesh. It is more environmentally friendly than plastic and, being an annual crop, there is no permanent deforestation from its harvesting. CORR organises and trains poor rural women into a co-operative system to produce traditional designs of products made from jute, with the range including items from carry bags to hammocks.

 

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Or something for his desk …

As a proud Fairtrade organisation, Noah’s Ark’s mission has been to change lives through education, and to help artisans become morimage008e aware of fair working conditions.  Noah’s Ark ensures men and women are paid equally.  Offering invaluable employment to mothers, Noah’s Ark enables women to work from home and where they can balance their work with their children’s needs and their household responsibilities.

  1. Sheesham Wood Folding Chess Set.
  2. Wood stationary set. This stationery set from India includes a stapler, paperclip and tape and comes with a sheeshamwood case. Sheesham wood is a beautifully toned strong wood abundant in India.

 

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ASHA in Sanskrit means ‘hope’. The true significance of this meaning is that through fair trade, Asha Handicrafts has brought hope into what was largely a ‘hopeless’ situation for over 103 producer groups and 5,000 artisans throughout India. Asha also aims to empower women through awareness programmes concerning their health, environment, legal matters and current issues.image015

  1. Big Nose and Moustache Spectacle Stand.
  2. Wooden Chinese checkers.