International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

education

Every year on August 9th, the United Nations celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, a holiday founded for the purpose of promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples across the globe. There are an estimated 370 million people belonging to indigenous groups, making up about 5% of the world’s total population. Indigenous populations are usually defined as culturally distinct peoples that have deep ancestral roots to a region. Many of the 5,000 remaining indigenous populations living in 90 different countries have been marginalized and threatened by colonizing groups, and are still fighting for their right to ancestral land, and to live freely according to their traditions. In recent decades, indigenous populations have played a crucial role in creating and guiding environmentalist movements.

This year, the holiday’s theme is, “Bridging the Gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples.” According to the U.N.’s website, the theme “highlights the importance of implementing the rights of indigenous peoples through policies and programs at both the national and international level.” On Friday, August 8th, the U.N. will host a discussion panel in NYC that will be available for live stream between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Promotion for the rights of indigenous peoples will continue next month with the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples on September 22nd and 23rd.

Global Goods Partners cares greatly about the survival and revitalization of indigenous peoples. Many of our partners, including Artesania Sorata, Alma de los Andes, AAA, Omba Arts Trust, Pampa Brava, MWEDO, Aj Quen, Uniqueland, and CREATA, work directly with indigenous women and their communities in order to improve their social and political standings in their respective countries, and in order to revive their pre-colonial cultural heritages through the creation of products that reflect aspects of their traditional beliefs, practices, and aesthetics. Buying fair trade products from these organizations gives them the financial means necessary to build their communities, and subsequently strengthen their cultural, linguistic, and ethnic presence in their homelands.

 

Advertisements

Did You Know? #FairTuesday

During the month of August the ethical shopping movement, #FairTuesday, is raising money to make it easier for consumers to find and purchase items that make a difference.  What is #FairTuesday you ask?

# · Fair ·Tues · day \ˈfer t(y)o͞ozˌdā\  noun

(a) an ethical shopping initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

(b) the inspiration of conscious consumerism

#FAIRTUES 2

As cliche as it sounds, we all have the power to make a difference in our world. Rarely do we think about where our goods come from. When we need something, we simply go to the store, or online to purchase it. Unfortunately, that cute dress, or new pair of sneakers you just bought may have come from the abuse or oppression of an adult or child who doesn’t get paid enough to even buy what s/he makes. Fortunately, people have turned adversity into advocacy! By establishing organizations and lobbying for regulations, people are changing the way we trade and consume! Organizations such as…..

MATA TRADERS…

FT_facts_Mata

GLOBAL GOODS PARTNERS (THAT’S US!)…

Ft_Facts_GGP

MADECASSE…

FT_Facts_Madecasse

These fair trade organizations work incessantly to ensure that the products they make available to you are ethical in every aspect of their production. The apparel from Mata Traders are handmade all over the world using various traditional artistic processes. Global Goods Partners works with women-led development initiatives to sell handcrafted jewelry, and accessories. Madecasse produces chocolate within Madagascar to provide jobs, and increase economic development! These examples depict only 3 of the 135 other organizations who are making a difference within the Fair Tuesday network!

With the utilization of crowdfunding , The Fair Tuesday team is counting on any and every donation to raise money for the creation and maintenance of a new website. This website will serve as a one-stop-shop for ethical, sustainable, and eco-friendly shopping! How amazing is that?!

Be a soldier for social good, and visit the awesome #FairTuesday  funding website at http://wedid.it/campaigns/385. Any donation is accepted, and every donation receives a cool reward just to say thank you! Donations will only be accepted during the month of August, so donate today and follow the movement on twitter: @FairTuesday!

#MandelaDay: Artisan Spotlight: Streetwires

Happy Mandela Day! Today the world has convened to celebrate the iconic revolutionary’s 95th birthday, as well as his 67 years as a leader, activist, and revolutionary. Nelson Mandela’s ceaseless fight for equality and justice not only impacted South Africa, but the entire world. After his 27-year imprisonment, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president. The years that followed were a testament to the fight that he refused to lose. South Africa’s apartheid policies had been abolished, and a country was reformed for the better. Even after his term as president, Mandela never stopped being a changemaker. He continued to be a voice for peace, inclusion, justice, and equality. Nelson Mandela is not just an icon, but a symbol of humanity’s greatest potential to resist that which is wrong, and fight for that which is righteous.

In honor of changemakers, we would like to put the spotlight on our South African artisan partner, Streetwires!

Image

Streetwires is a fair trade organization that works with Zulu wire art craftspeople, who mold recycled wire, beads, and tin cans into colorful toys, keychains, jewelry, and gifts. Established in 2000, it provides training, support, and raw materials to over 100 formerly unemployed men and women in Cape Town and rural Clanwilliam. Streetwires has expanded its reach, opening a center in Johannesburg in 2007 which was then turned over to entrepreneurial artisans. Its goal is to develop leaders who demonstrate to the community that it is possible to start a successful business despite challenging circumstances.

When Victoria Ntulini joined Streetwires, she was entirely unfamiliar with the craft process, explaining that tools such as pliers and cutters were mainly used by men in her culture; now, she is a loom-beading expert and in charge of materials distribution to the entire team of artisans.” (Source: globalgoodspartners.org)

Image

   We, at Global Goods Partners, are fortunate to have partners all over the world who are changing their communities for the better. Through the medium of artisanal works and handicrafts, organizations such a Streetwires are invoking hope into those that are despondent, and uplifting those that have been knocked down. So on this Mandela Day, give back to your community!

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is asking that you spend 67 minutes of your day giving back, and helping out! Any act of kindness is welcomed to commemorate the South African activist’s fight for freedom and equality. You can make a new friend, or volunteer at a soup kitchen! Check out the official website for 67 ways to give back! http://www.mandeladay.com/static/join

Also, check out our website to purchase the phenomenal goods featured in this post from Streetwires!

Artisan Spotlight: Gone Rural

Global Goods Partners works with amazing artisan groups who are all doing incredible things! We strive to partner with artisan organizations who are meeting a social need in their respective communities. Today, Gone Rural is in the spotlight!

Gone Rural is a Swaziland-based organization made up of over 700 rural women artisans in thirteen communities. In addition to empowering women and alleviating poverty through fair trade, Gone Rural runs a wide variety of programs to improve the lives of women and children in the region.

Image

Last week Gone Rural officially opened up their second community hall in Emdlangwe. The local community was involved in its construction every brick of the way. Literally! Guba—a Swazi NGO working to fight against poverty via sustainable human and ecological development—led a workshop teaching 68 women and 15 men the philosophies of eco building.

Afterwards, they put theory into practice and made 2,500 bricks out of local grass and loamy soil. Created from the earth, molded by the people, and baked by the sun, the bricks were made in a span of just 2 weeks. Now the community has a sturdy building, which involved every bit of Swaziland in the process!

Image

There are so many things that can be created from materials that would otherwise be discarded, or forgotten. Gone Rural constructed an entire building made out of the soil and grass beneath their feet! And we, at Global Goods Partners, feature amazing accessories made from recycled materials. Just take a look at our Recycled Tire Men’s Wallet, and our Recycled Net Weekend Bag (featured above). Sustainable initiatives such as these, are the key to keeping our world, and ourselves healthy and strong for many years to come!

You can find the sleek Recycled Tire Men’s Wallet & the stylish Recycled Net Weekend Bag on our website, where you will also find vibrant baskets made by the women artisans of Gone Rural!

Image

Trash to Treasure


Once considered trash, used rice bags are now turned into gorgeous treasures!  The Artisans’ Association of Cambodia crafts beautiful products such as wallets, totes, duffel bags, and cosmetic cases from recycled rice bags that were once destined for the landfill.  Each handcrafted product is super sturdy and displays a unique print.  The Artisans’ Association of Cambodia really makes an impact with its fair trade, environmentally friendly creations!

These rice bag accessories are not only good for the environment, but also provide a living wage for Cambodia’s artisans. The AAC provides jobs for the country’s most marginalized groups including trafficked women, landmine victims, polio sufferers, and severely impoverished families.  The revenue brought to communities through the AAC’s efforts have improved public health, education, literacy, and women’s rights.  Support The Artisans’ Association of Cambodia and the communities it helps today by purchasing one of these sustainable rice bag designs!

Shop for these and other great rice bag products from The Artisans’ Association of Cambodia at http://www.globalgoodspartners.org.