Yay! The day is finally here, Make For Good officially launched today and I’m so, so excited to be able to unveil this amazing project (and Coastal Studio’s amazing Make For Good items) to the rest of Australia and New Zealand!
20% of sales from my Make For Good items over at my Etsy store: www.coastalstudioaust.etsy.com will be donated to this amazing project: An economic development program for young women in Sri Lanka.
Why Make For Good?
Across Sri Lanka, girls and young women face multiple challenges in securing decent work due to gender inequality and gender based discrimination. Women often have to work in unstable employment with no access to social protection for low pay. Vocational skills are not considered a priority for girls in the North and Eastern provinces which were among the worst affected populations during the country’s civil war. As a result, there are very limited options for young women outside of marriage.
Plan International Australia’s Because I Am A Girl program in the area is focused on improving the economic wellbeing of young women and girls by providing decent employment opportunities and sustainable livelihoods. It’s all about identifying work opportunities in the region and providing youth the training and pathways to job opportunities or self employment and, ultimately, brighter futures.
This year, the program aims to provide skills training for 360 young women in Sri Lanka, as well as entrepreneurship training and seed funding for business start-ups for 100 young women. The effect this will have on the lives of these women is immeasurable, and will create a lasting change not only in their lives, but in their communities.
Coastal Studio, Etsy Australia & Etsy New Zealand’s creative community are proud to be able to contribute to a project that will make real and lasting positive impacts on the lives of young women. Here’s to making (and shopping!) for a cause…
Check out the whole Make For Good collection here at https://www.etsy.com/featured/makeforgood