Last updated on March 2nd, 2022
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Gifts that help support and empower women around the world
By Marin Scotten & Alyx Ray, Editorial Interns, JourneyWoman
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women’s achievement and take action for gender equality all over the world. Empowering women is one of the most important steps to equity, and there are so many ways to do so. When women are empowered and living life to their full potential, the world becomes a better place.
This International Women’s Day, consider supporting small businesses and products that empower, uplift, and support women from all different walks of life.
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This super soft cotton t-shirt is both comfortable and sends a powerful message. With the message Women Empower Women on the front, this tee is perfect to wear on International Women’s Day or anytime you want to uplift the women around you. The Etsy shop that designs the t-shirt is a woman-owned small business.
Keeping with the empowerment theme, this tote sports the message: Empowered Women Empower Women. It comes in a variety of colours and is made from 100% cotton. With this bag, you are sure to look good, feel good, and support other women as you move through your day.
NOVICA was founded in 1999 with the intention of creating a better world for artisans. They believe that when artisans succeed, so do the communities around them. With over 71,000 live products, NOVICA sells everything from jewelry to clothing to home décor.
Consider buying from NOVICA’s Empower Women section to directly support women artisans from all over the world.
Created by Sarah Jonsdottir, REVOL Undies aims to improve the experience of all menstruators and create a space where everyone feels comfortable with their period. These revolutionary undies are meant to be worn on their own while menstruating and are made to fit all women, no matter their size.
5. One Tough Bitch Cancer Survivor Gift
One Tough B (OTB) clothing and accessories are a reminder to any tough woman fighting cancer that they are strong and surrounded by an uplifting community. OTB sells bracelets, t-shirts, hoodies and necklaces, each a symbol of strength and resilience. If a woman in your life is battling cancer, OTB gifts are a great way to show your support.
The Long Game: Limbering up for Solo Travel
Working from home and restricting movement poses risks to our health, regardless of whether we’ve experienced injuries before or not. We turned to health and wellness expert and JourneyWoman Women’s Travel Advisory Council member Dr. Nekessa Remy for some insights and tips to get us ready for the day we can pack our bags and get travelling again.
The Period Purse aims to achieve menstrual equity and reduce the stigma that surrounds periods. Check out Carolyn’s walk to support period poverty here.
To learn more about menstrual equity, watch our community call with The Period Purse.
7. Donate to a Women’s Shelter
Across Canada, thousands of women struggle with homelessness, domestic abuse and food insecurity. There are many charities and shelters supporting women in need, providing them with a place to stay and programs for emotional support. Consider supporting women who need it most by donating to one of the many women’s shelters in Canada. We support Ernestine’s Women’s Shelters.
8. JourneyWomen Book Club Reads
If you love to read and love to travel, the JourneyWoman Book Club is perfect for connecting with like-minded women. For first-time solo travellers, we recommend the classics: Dervla Murphy, Mary Morris or even Cheryl Strayed. Read more about our book club here.
9. Self-Defense Lessons with Safe4Life
It is extremely empowering for a woman to feel like she can protect and defend herself. Safe4Life is a self-defense and personal safety training company offering empowerment and confidence-building classes for children, teens, adults, and seniors.
Read our interview with Safe4Life CEO Lorna Selig here.
Akola is a globally inspired jewelry brand that uplifts and empowers women around the world. They provide employment opportunities to Ugandan women, with each piece being handmade by women who are paid a fair wage. Akola sells earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry pieces that are not only beautiful, but provide women with income and a sense of purpose.
What other products would you suggest to empower women? Share them with us below!
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We always strive to use real photos from our own adventures, provided by the guest writer or from our personal travels. However, in some cases, due to photo quality, we must use stock photography. If you have any questions about the photography please let us know.
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