Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women throughout history and all over the world. So, go ahead and give yourselves and/or all the wonderful ladies in your life a round of applause for being so awesome!
Although there’s plenty to celebrate — from the 19th Amendment to Beyoncé — we still have a long way to go in terms of gender parity. In fact, women worldwide still comprise over 65% of the adult illiterate population and are significantly underrepresented in STEM fields. And let’s not even get started on that lousy wage gap…
Luckily, there are amazing organizations like Flora Stationery fighting to give women access to better opportunities and make the world a more equal place.
Three of the women Flora Stationery provided scholarships for an English camp. (Source)
What’s the story?
When co-founder Ashley Vanbuskirk was traveling in Kosovo, she met a young woman who was having a hard time financing her college education. Soon, Ashley learned that this woman’s story is just one of too many, and that there are thousands of other young Kosovar women also struggling to rise above their country’s widespread poverty.
Kosovo is the poorest country in the region, with approximately 30% of its population living in poverty and another 10% living in extreme poverty. It also has one of the highest female unemployment rates in all of Europe — a whopping 41.6%! However, women who hold university degrees are over 28 times more likely to be employed.
Determined to create a sustainable solution to fund higher education for young women in the balkan country, Ashley and her twin sister, Victoria, founded Flora Stationery.
How does it work?
Flora Stationery is a nonprofit that sells beautiful and unique stationery products that feature original artwork from students in Kosovo. A portion of the proceeds from the product sales covers the tuition fees of young women enrolled in University of Prishtina.
In the past 18 months, Flora Stationery has disbursed more than 70 scholarships to bright and motivated young women in Kosovo. Notably, over 95% of the recipients are among the first women in their families to attend college.
Flora Stationery’s “Be Bold” print. (Source).
How can you get involved?
The answer is simple: shop, shop, shop! Celebrate #IWD2016 and support Flora Stationery’s mission by buying some of their exclusive and original products. You can browse their catalog here!
If you’re engaged and want your big day to help empower even more young Kosovar women, create a wedding registry that supports Flora Stationery’s work!