October 10th marks the 3rd annual International Girl Day. This day was initiated to bring awareness to inequality among women, especially in developing countries. Today, young girls are denied education and consequently discriminated against in society as adults. Social obstacles these women face include child marriages, FGM (female genital mutilation), and attitudes of inferiority. International Girl Day encourages education for everyone but particularly for young girls. Ultimately, Girl Day hopes education around this issue will lead to societal change and further close the gap of social inequality.
As a socially responsible business, Raven + Lily’s overall mission is to empower women through design. A couple of months ago, CEO/Founder Kirsten Dickerson joined Catt Sadler to visit our Kenya partnership with the Maasai women. There, they witnessed the effects of our partnership: education and social change. Illustrated through this video, both boys AND girls chant and dance at the local school where they receive equal opportunities at education. Their lively spirits had spread contagious excitement and hope throughout the community.
Today, Raven + Lily employs over 1000 at-risk women and has subsequently empowered them to have a greater voice in their communities. Women in our partnerships are promoting social change in order to create a better future for their children. With the help of these Maasai women, FGM has been completely eradicated from the Esiteti community, and girls are going to school for the first time. Through awareness and education, we can promote women empowerment and close the gap on social inequalities. Happy International Girl Day!