whrdEvery year since 1948 the world acknowledges December 10th as Human Rights Day. This is a day to reflect on the commitment to ensure all human beings, whatever their nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. Bajalia believes that all humans are equally entitled to human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

unspecified-5Bajalia is committed to upholding the obligation of human rights for women. When it comes to halting human rights violations against women, market creation, and artisan business growth are all game changers. 90% of our artisan workforce is composed of women. There is a direct correlation between more jobs for women and less violence against them.

At Bajalia, we see how helping our women artisans develop certain skills,  like jewelry making, truly changes lives. According to the U.S. Department of State, more jobs for women are the key to less violence because:
  • When the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in a country goes down, violence to women increases.
  • Terrorist cells do not exist in villages where women are being employed and educated.
  • Women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities.
The UN says, “We believe that investing in adolescent girls is critical to ending global poverty. Addressing the needs of women and ensuring their rights is critical to the future of local communities, nations and the entire world.” Additional key statistics about women are as follows:
  • Women comprise more than half the world’s population.
  • Of the world’s 1.3 billion poor people, it is estimated that nearly 70 percent are women.
  • Between 75 and 80 percent of the world’s 27 million refugees are women and children.
  • Of the world’s nearly one billion illiterate adults, two-thirds are women.
  • Two-thirds of the 130 million children worldwide who are not in school are girls.
  • Women are more likely to use their profits to hire the poor and hire other women.
Bajalia mission is to give voice to women everywhere whose experiences go unnoticed and whose words go unheard. Our hope is to involve others, both consumers and retailers, by telling the stories of women entrepreneurs around the world. Together, we can make a difference. Together we can see true, sustainable change occur as women are empowered and human rights are protected.

Today make an investment to empower women by uplifting human rights around the world at www.bajalia.com!