The Baby Hero team is passionate about women's rights and women's empowerment because, not only is it unquestionably right, but when women succeed, it ripples through their families and their communities. This means women's issues are one of the best socio-economic investments the world can make. October is Fair-Trade Month and we want to highlight that as an individual and a consumer, buying Fair-Trade products is an easy and effective way of supporting women’s empowerment.
Women produce more than half of the world’s food supply and perform nearly two-thirds of the world’s work hours, according to the UN. They, nevertheless, receive only one-tenth of the world’s income and own an even lower percentage of land. While women do much of the work, they often still face unequal treatment, discrimination, and harassment.
Correcting this injustice is imperative. According to the World Bank, households in which women handle the finances spend more on health and education, which can affect entire generations. One way to achieve economic empowerment for women is through equitable commerce models such as Fair Trade. If farmers and cooperatives want to become Fair Trade Certified, they must meet a variety of standards which are favorable to women. Fair Trade requires all workers to receive a fair and equal pay and ensure health and safety needs particular to women, such as time off for pregnant and breast-feeding mothers. Women are guaranteed access to health care, education and freedom from harassment so that they are able to play strong roles in their families. Fair Trade also enables female workers to play leadership roles in the business and the community.
Choosing to buy Fair Trade is choosing to empower women around the world. Every single purchase makes an impact - it proves that consumers want more fair-trade products which means more fair-trade cooperatives will be created.
Baby Hero has chosen fair-trade certified cotton as the source material for all our clothes and a Fair-Trade certified garment factory. We have partnered with other fair-trade brands to offer baby gifts that make a meaningful difference in the lives of women in developing and disadvantaged areas. Check out some of our best-selling fair-trade baby gift sets and see some other favorite Fair-Trade companies that support women below. Perfect for holiday gift-time!
Serrv is a non-profit, fair trade organization supporting women’s empowerment through selling all kinds of beautiful handcrafts, jewellery and clothing. Our favorite is this elegant scarf, perfect for the upcoming cold season!
Novica sells unique, handmade products from around the world and supports women artisans in the pursuit of their work. Our favorite is this ‘Forest Magic’ jewelry but make sure to also check out their Décor section!
Fairtradewinds partners with artisan co-ops and small workshops that are mindful of the materials they use. They, too, believe that our everyday purchases can have an impact on the world and women’s rights. Here is our favorite, a cute spa gift set from their home goods section!
Check out Baby Hero's Fair-Trade Toy Gift Sets: