12 Gifts That Give Back to Women All Over the World

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Today is International Women's Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. It's also a time to recognize situations and places where women are still marginalized, underprivileged, impoverished and mistreated.

So, what's a practical way to help these women in your everyday life? When it comes time to buy a gift (because birthdays and anniversaries happen year-round, my friends), be thoughtful and intentional. Choose companies that choose to give back. Buy products that help empower other women. I've rounded up 12 gift ideas that give back to women, each in their own way. Check them out, and see which inspires you.

Photo by: Raven + Lily

Raven + Lily

How It Gives Back: Using traditional Malaysian skills, single mothers and widows in Malaysia hand-make these eco-friendly silk pillows to provide for their families with dignity.

Photo by: Marie Mae

Marie Mae

How It Gives Back: Each item purchased equals one hour of training in the Marie Mae Business School, which provides classes and training for female entrepreneurs in an emerging market, such as Rwanda.

Photo by: Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Yellow Leaf Hammocks

How It Gives Back: Every Yellow Leaf Hammock directly empowers a mother in rural Thailand to lift her family out of poverty.

Photo by: No. 41

No. 41

How It Gives Back: Handmade in Gisenyi, Rwanda, each makeup bag provides a sustainable income to a young woman transitioning into a life of independence. The purchase also provides 68 school lunches to a secondary student in her community.

Photo by: FashionABLE

FashionABLE

How It Gives Back: Every item is handcrafted by women and creates jobs for women overcoming addiction and homelessness.

Photo by: JOHNPOLAKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM / Prosperity Candle

JOHNPOLAKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM / Prosperity Candle

How It Gives Back: Each hand-poured candle helps provide a living wage for a woman who has recently resettled from a refugee camp and is working to build a future for herself and her family in the U.S.

Photo by: Naja

Naja

How It Gives Back: Naja’s clothing factory primarily employs single mothers or female heads of households, and they're paid above market wages with healthcare benefits and flexible work policies. In addition, Naja employs marginalized women in the slums of Colombia to make lingerie bags that are offered with each Naja purchase.

Photo by: Chilote Shoes

Chilote Shoes

How It Gives Back: Each pair of hand-knitted, sustainable slippers empowers women living in vulnerable situations in rural Patagonia to generate an ethical income from home.

Photo by: Aubrie Pick Photography / NEEV

Aubrie Pick Photography / NEEV

How It Gives Back: This luxe home furnishings company provides livable wages and benefits to skilled Indian artisan weavers in handloom cooperatives owned and operated by them — a majority of which are owned and operated by women. The company also gives 50 percent of profits to charities such as the Power of Love Foundation and the Center for Development of Disadvantaged People, which both empower women in developing countries.

Photo by: 31 Bits

31 Bits

How It Gives Back: Every 31 Bits product is crafted by a female artisan in Uganda or Indonesia and provides her access to sustainable wages, counseling, healthcare and education.

Photo by: Della

Della

How It Gives Back: Della is a woman-owned and woman-run business, working directly with a community in West Africa to empower women by providing jobs, education and skills training.

Photo by: Thistle Farms

Thistle Farms

How It Gives Back: The purchase of these handmade bath and body products empowers women survivors of addiction, trafficking and prostitution in the U.S.

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