It’s International Women’s Day and I can’t think of a more perfect place to celebrate than in Guatemala (Current location: San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan). On this day, people all over the world are celebrating and honoring women! What a wonderful reason to celebrate!
As I think about the meaning of International Women’s Day, I reflect back to a conversation I had last week with my Spanish teacher. I had the lovely opportunity to have Norma as my teacher for my week of Spanish school in Quetzeltenango (or commonly known by locals as Xela), Guatemala. A little about Norma. She has worked in Xela for 17 years, has two boys (27 and 14), she is a widow and works as a teacher for the Spanish school. She is probably also the shortest woman I have ever met!
On our last day of class we started talking, in my broken Spanish, about the tragic cycle for women in Guatemala (and as we know, all over the world). She explained to me how she is saddened by the fact that young girls in Guatemala are expected to care for their younger siblings while their parents are working, in turn missing school and not continuing on with their education or pursuing careers. Norma expressed to me with such confidence and hope that she believes the cycle can change, poco a poco (little by little), mujer por mujer (woman by woman). I sat across from this beautiful, motherly Guatemalan woman with awe, sharing in the common belief that women deserve the opportunity to pursue a career, earn a fair income and are respected members of society.
Sadly, all around the world, women are continually being held back. We can all make a difference in this fight towards gender parity, poco o poco, mujer por mujer. This month, you have the opportunity to support our partner organization of the month, Kiran, with the purchase of the Veer necklace. By supporting a female artisan, you are providing a woman with the opportunity to earn an income so that she can provide food, an education and a better life for her family. Buying a product seems like such a small act but in reality, your purchase and support empowers a family to thrive and for women to continue to push barriers all around the world!
Today on International Women’s Day, how will you choose to make a difference? As the saying goes, “it takes a village.” Poco a poco, mujer por mujer.
This blog was written by WPMarket's Andra Bickel, Associate Director.
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