“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” Hillary Clinton.
March is Women’s Month, and it is a time to honor the women that have contributed to shaping our history but have not received the proper recognition. It is also a time of reflection on how far women have come. Through the centuries, women have made breakthroughs in modern culture and continued to pushing the finish line further, demanding basic rights and equality in every aspect of life. The changing social landscape has brought light to the many dark areas of injustice that women have faced. The awareness is bringing hope, change, and opportunity for women all over the world.
One of the most heinous violations women all over the world affecting women is the growing issue of human trafficking. According to a 2018 Forbes article, “Human Trafficking Is A Pandemic Of The 21st Century,” UNICEF estimates there is annual $32 billion in profit from trafficking and 21 million people around the world have been trafficked including more than 5 million children. The fact that this problem is gaining momentum in the news and has been introduced into the conscience of the American public means we are at the start of battling this massive pandemic. In honor of Women’s History Month, take a step in the right direction and support companies that empower women so they can escape the clutches of trafficking and give them the chance for a better life.
Sudara is a company dedicated to empowering women and giving them the resources to support themselves to avoid be trafficked into the world of sex slavery or from returning to it.
The company was started in 2006 when the founder, Shannon Keith, returned from a trip to India in which she discovered that many young women are drawn into the world of sex slavery because they don’t have the education, support system or access to assistance that is necessary to support themselves and their families. They become trapped in a cycle of abuse with no way to escape.
In order to provide an outlet to help women in India, Sudara worked with a sewing center to teach women how to sew a pair of pajama pants known as Punjammies®. What started out as a small initiative has grown to help hundreds of women find sustainable employment and a liveable wage so they can support themselves and their families. This has helped combat many of the risk factors that lead to sex slavery.
Now, Sudara has become a B Corporation which means it meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability that allows for balance between profits and purpose.
It has also expanded from its original Punjammies® to make clothing items from Women, Men, and children. Sudara generously sent me an Anura Crossback Tunic, and the organic bamboo, jersey knit is comfortable and breathable. It is well-made comfortable clothing sewn by women that want a life of freedom and independence, just like you and me.
The dedicated women of Suadra create high quality clothing from pajama sets to tops, bottoms, jewelry, bandanas for pets and even leggings…Yes, every woman’s favorite go-to clothing item-leggings. Every purchase allows Sudara to further their efforts to help survivors of sex slavery in India and help prevent others from ever knowing that life of darkness.
Whether you are shopping for yourself or someone else, just one purchase from Sudara is reshaping the world and empowering women around the globe. Think of Sudara for yourself as well as gifts for other powerful women in your life. Start lifting up other women with a simple purchase.