Women hold up half the sky. ~Chinese Proverb
  • Posted on: 30 June 2014
  • By: Buy the change

"Those who deny freedom for others deserve it not for themselves"  Abraham Lincoln

As we approach the month of July and the celebrations of freedom in the USA, we have been thinking about the meaning of freedom around the world.

Our freedom includes self ownership, the ability to travel without permission from an authority, freedom of religion, the right to disagree with the government and speak freely about your opinions....

As Americans we take so much of our freedom for granted.

Our women artisans around the world live without the most basic of rights and freedoms. Many have spent their lives owned and controlled by others, they do not have the resources or the freedom to live where they choose or often even to meet their own basic daily needs. 

And so we wonder....

Do all human beings have a right to safety, to work for a living wage? A right to adequate clean water and nutritious food, a right to education and the opportunity to become literate?

If so, who has the authority to grant these rights?

Our answer is that WE have the ability to grant these rights, and we do so each time we choose to buy ethically made products.

The political powers of the world may, or may not grant rights and freedoms from the top down. We can offer them from the bottom up, exercising our freedom of choice, each and every time we chose where our American dollars will be spent.

What do you think?