International Day of the Girl: Brands That Give Back

By 2021 around 435 million women and girls will be living on less than $1.90 a day, according to the United Nations. That’s why it’s so important to celebrate and empower girls and women around the world starting at a young age. The International Day of the Girl is October 11th, and to celebrate, I’m sharing brands that are giving back to the cause.

This year’s theme is “My Voice, Our Equal Future.” To help make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world, shop from the five amazing brands below.

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Olori is on a mission to create high-quality pieces that celebrate the culture and heritage of Africa. This brand offers a variety of stunning handbags and accessories, and a portion of its proceeds provide access to education for girls in under-resourced communities in Africa. To honor the International Day of the Girl, Olori launched a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of using our voices. 10% of the profits from the campaign T-shirt (found HERE) will be donated to CAMFED, which campaigns to provide education for girls in under-resourced communities.

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Women and girls around the world devastatingly continue to be forced and sold into sex slavery. Elegantees works to fight human trafficking in Nepal through job creation for survivors and those at risk. The brand sells stylish and comfortable clothing, and it supports victims by offering employment to women counseled by Our Daughters International, a nonprofit organization that rescues over 20,000 women and children each year from being sold at the border of Nepal-India.

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According to Thinx, which sells “period underwear” to tweens, teens, and adults, one in five students struggle to afford period products or are unable to purchase them at all, and 84% of young people have either missed class or know someone who has missed class due to a lack of access. In an effort to change this, the brand fights for better access to puberty education, works to amplify grassroots activism, and donates its products and time to those who need it.

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This forward-thinking brand is celebrating 11 years of partnering with Bright Pink, a nonprofit that educates young women about early detection of ovarian and breast cancer. Right now, 100% of proceeds from the Limited-Edition Bright Pink T-Shirt are donated to the cause.

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Last but not least, Ettitude offers bedding essentials and leisurewear. Not only are Ettitude materials sustainably sourced, but the brand also partners with One Girl, a non-profit that harnesses the power of education to drive change for girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda because education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, and to creating a sustainable planet.

Xo, Chloe

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