In October 2016, during the One Young World Conference in Ottawa, our team was recognized for our work and awarded the Emma Watson Gender Equality Scholarship. During the conference, we participated in a panel discussion with Emma to discuss what it means to work in promoting gender equality. We joined Emma Watson’s newly formed feminist tribe from around the world. In this blog, we want to explain what it really means for us to promote gender equality. This is also our feminist manifesto for all our customers and supporters.
Our definition of feminism: we define feminism as the creation of equitable opportunities and rewards for all genders regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or country of origin. We prioritize working with female coffee farmers because for generations, they have not received equitable income or recognition for their work. When we say we work with female farmers, we do not just work with females in the farming communities, but instead, we promote their work while also encouraging greater collaboration across gender lines. We also attempt to bring males in these communities to be allies and partners, because we believe equality cannot be achieved until the males understand the value of equality.
Practicing what we preach:
This is the beginning of a journey that is full of obstacles for the team. However, we believe that this manifesto will guide us and help us ensure that our values are at the core of our work. We firmly believe that with the support and recognition from individuals and organizations, we will be able to achieve our goals of creating a more equitable and just world for all. Even within this manifesto, if you feel like we are missing out on any aspects, please do comment and we will be sure to address them!
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