March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day that has been observed from the early 1900’s. Although females have made huge strides in equal rights since the first protest of workers in 1908, there are still signs of inequality throughout the globe. Just last week, Patricia Arquette cried for equality in her highly visible acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Academy Awards.
“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” said Arquette. “It’s high time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Women in the audience, like Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, were emphatically cheering on the star of Boyhood while you could hear hooting from households across the US.
We still have major hurdles to overcome in Kenya as well, but like Arquette, we are taking visible steps to create change. It is our goal to give girls every opportunity that boys have, and that starts with education. We have observed that young rural girls who live near us tend to drop out of school before completing their primary education. There are various reasons for this, including a low perception of value in education for girls, a lack of financial resources from the family, and the need for girls to help with family chores. We realize that these young teens and their parents require additional resources to keep female students on track towards graduation, and that is why we are introducing our Beads for Girls Graduation bracelets. Using proceeds from the sale of these bracelets, we will dedicate monies to a girls’ scholarship fund. We will also hire counselors to educate and mentor the students.
These handcrafted bracelets are orange in color, to symbolize creativity, change, energy, endurance, and optimism. We know the value of an education for all people. This year, starting today on International Women’s Day, let’s salute the rights of young girls across the globe.
To purchase a bracelet and help a girl graduate, click here.