Happy International Women's Day!
It’s International Women’s Day! A day to honor and celebrate the cultural, social, economic, personal, and political achievements of women. Right now is an exciting and important time in history to do what we can to help create a more gender-balanced world. Women have come so far, but there's still a long road ahead as we better the gender balance and better our communities and world. #BalanceForBetter is a call-to-action for supporting gender balance everywhere.
At Thistle Farms, we are dedicated to that balance with an almost completely female workforce of survivors of addiction, prostitution, and trafficking. Our global partners are organizations comprised of women survivors of genocide, poverty, and many more of the world’s oldest injustices. Injustices that fall particularly heavily on women.
We spoke with partner Branded Collective (employees pictured above) who shared these thoughts on gender equality: "A balance between genders is rooted in a deep belief in equality and believing 'the other' to be intrinsically worthy of love. 'The other' being anyone and everyone: female, male, transgender or however one chooses to identify. We are all of great value and all have something beautiful to share. Balance gives us the heart to believe it and the eyes to see it."
Thistle Farms founder, Becca Stevens is an innovator in the area of gender balance, as an Episcopal priest with a vision to provide recovery services and meaningful vocation for women whose voices had been virtually silenced. “At Thistle Farms, we believe that women have a second chance at life, but the amazing thing to me is that for many of the women we serve, this is their first chance at life.."
We all have the opportunity to promote gender balance by being intentional about how we spend our money. When visiting thistlefarms.org you can feel food about the products you purchase because our home, body, jewelry, and clothing items are always fairly traded and support women survivors. Take a look!