Global gender equality and the UN

193 UN Member States assembled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this July for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Their goal is to find solutions to “end poverty and hunger, and to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions through promoting inclusive economic growth, protecting the environment, and promoting social inclusion”(Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Anne…

The Future of Business. Why Made for Freedom is a Social Enterprise.

What is Social Enterprise*?Made for Freedom is proud to be part a growing, global, social enterprise movement. Businesses are awakening to the notion that a company can be passionate about both social good and profit. This way of doing business creates sustainable, positive change in communities around the globe. While many definitions exist, at its core, a social enterprise seeks to achieve socie…

Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes and...VAW???

Pumpkins with carved faces and candles greet children in search of candy. Sweet potatoes, mixed with brown sugar and cooked, ready for a wonderful feast. That is plenty of orange for most people; however, a worldwide movement is calling for people around the world to stand up against VAW (Violence Against Women) by wearing orange for 16 Days.Is Violence Against Women really that big of an issue? W…

Monday Motivation: From Exploitation to Prevention

We love stories of hope! They are reminders that lives can change, that we can be a part of the process, and that a desperate situation is not condemned to stay that way. They give us perspective about our own lives and remind us that we've been blessed.Today's story comes from one of our jewelry partners, Eden Ministry. The girl's name is Xiao Ping."Xiao Ping loved chatting with he…

The Reality of Economic Inequality

While the lesser status, fewer opportunities, and missing resources of impoverished women worldwide stand out like bold, accusing letters in our world of fine print and rhetoric, their real, specific needs may be less clear. It doesn't take much searching to discover these exigencies, however - just a practical outlook, listening, and empathy.Probably the most vital need is for a system shift - th…

Monday Motivation: Kindness and Love Made Her Heart Thaw

It's Monday... again. Those keep happening! Our worlds can get pretty small, can't they? We can get caught up in the mundane and trivial, the technological difficulties, our first-world problems, and coffee headaches, but the world is a bit bigger than us, isn't it?This is our wakeup call, our reminder that lives around the globe have been profoundly affected by trafficking, that there is HOPE for…