Made for Freedom takes home $2,500 in Catapult Competition by Mastercard

At the end of last year, we had the great honor of being selected to participate in the Catapult Competition, organized by The St. Louis Business Journal and MasterCard. In the competition, women-owned businesses were selected to compete for a $10,000 package of technology services courtesy of MasterCard. Our founder Dawn Manske applied to be in the Catapult Competition and…

Combating exploitation at home & abroad

Made for Freedom highlights the work of Neighborhood Houses, a partner in preventing exploitation  In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we are highlighting organizations whose work contributes to a world free from human trafficking. In our earlier blog that took a closer look at exploitation, we discussed a variety of circumstances that can cause vulnerabilities in a communi…

Devaluation of the Girl Child

In the "5 Key Components of Exploitation" one of the vulnerabilities listed was devaluation of the girl child. Devaluation of women takes many forms and shapes; unequal pay, objectification, limited opportunities. I did not truly understand the extent of the problem until I saw the documentary "It's a Girl." This three minute trailer will give you a glimpse of the extreme attitudes…

A Closer Look At Exploitation

“Virtually every country in the world is affected by trafficking for sexual exploitation or forced labour. Reliable global data are limited, but the number of victims is believed to be reaching epidemic proportions.” - United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human TraffickingWe will dig into these topics at a deeper level over during our 31 Days of Strength and Dignity.This video illustrates sev…

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH, 2017- - - - - - -BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATIONOur Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart -- its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all c…

You Are Invited: 31 Days of Strength and Dignity

Nearly every day I read about an individual or group that is impacting the lives of those in need. Whether it is education for girls, water for the poor or shelter for those fleeing for their lives it is inspiring and a refreshing counter the reports of hatred, malice and death.January is "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month." Most states, countries and regions of the world ded…