For the year 2020, the International Women's Day celebration hopes to bring people's attention to their individual role in creating an equal world.
Because an equal world is an enabled world.
However, the world of craft isn't as kind to women as we would want it to be.
Fashion Revolution, a not-for-profit global movement campaigning for systemic reform of the fashion industry with a focus on the need for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain, recently published their 4th fanzine, Fashion Craft Revolution. In it, Rebecca van Bergen of Build A Nest writes, “Craft-based work is the second largest employer of women in emerging economies behind agriculture. When women are challenged to find employment outside of the home due to gender-related violence, patriarchal systems or incompatible demands of childcare, they can continue to craft in their homes. And even though studies reveal women to be far more likely than men to invest their earnings back into their families and communities, the world of craft production has remained largely underfunded.”
"But we live during a time when women will not stand for invisibility and it’s no longer acceptable or desirable to separate the object from the maker." - Rebecca van Bergen
At moi namaste, we understand consumers today want to know the full stories behind the items that they choose to incorporate into their own lives. This is why we share openly about our artisans, celebrate them on our website, tag them on our social media posts and highlight their stories as much as possible.
We have promised to empower our incredible women artisans by giving work and opening up a long-awaited place for women who craft to thrive.