International Women's Day is Wednesday, March 8, and so many are stepping up to make a stand for women the world over—bringing attention to women's issues and working to empower women from all walks of life. A number of companies are playing their part, including West Elm who today is hosting special pop-up events at select stores across the country. From Brooklyn to Dallas to Chicago to Los Angeles, the retailer will be featuring the handcrafted works from local artisans from around the world.
These women entrepreneurs and global female artisans from Ethiopia, India, Uganda, Peru, and sub-Saharan Africa create handmade home décor, sew totes and pouches, crochet accessories, and sculpt one-of-a-kind jewelry you can purchase today at any of the participating venues or online through the below links.
Keep scrolling to discover four brands that are empowering women on International Women's Day and beyond.
Local + Lejos
Shop Local + Lejos for home décor handmade by women from around the world. For each item, it lists exactly what the female artisan is able to do with the proceeds from the purchase.
These beautifully crafted Cielo blankets are made on a loom from organic cotton and natural dyes. For each blanket sold, the artisan who crafted the piece can provide her family with one month of electricity.
This handwoven rug showcases traditional Mexican patterns. For each sold, the artisan is able to provide one month of school for her child.
This statement piece makes for a gorgeous embellishment to any home. For every piece sold the artisan is able to add a chicken and a rabbit to her farm.
Enrou features gorgeous handcrafted jewelry and home goods made by women in Namibia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya.
These organic horn stud earrings are crafted from cow horn and brass and help to sustain dignified work and business-skills training for artisans in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hand-carved and crafted from recycled water pipe, the design of this delicate bracelet is reminiscent of the scorched trees of the Deadvlei salt pan and celebrates the rich history of Namibia.
All Across Africa
All Across Africa works to create empowerment opportunities and showcases a collection of handmade baskets, jewelry, and home décor crafted by rural artisans in Africa.
These earrings use the same technique used to create the handwoven baskets from natural fibers locally sourced from sisal grass.
Vulnerable youth in the north of Burundi were trained in this craft to create income for their families and their future.
These colorful coasters were created by Rwandan women using a timeless tradition of weaving dyed sisal fibers and sweet grass.
Rose & Fitzgerald
Rose & Fitzgerald offers a range of gorgeously crafted home goods made by artisans in Ethiopia through sculpting, metalwork, and sewing.
Each geometric planter made from deeply grained Mugavu wood is individually crafted from start to finish by fair trade woodworkers in Kampala, Uganda.
Each spoon is crafted by the company's in-house team of metal smiths at their design-and-craft studio in Kampala.
This 18K gold-plated brass hand-cut and hand-hammered choker was crafted by metal smiths in Kampala and plated in the USA.
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