Image: Courtesy of Les Stone / Women for Women International
I'm not an advocate of Hallmark holiday-driven consumerism, but if you're going to be doing some Mother's Day shopping, the dollars might as well go to a worthy place, right?
Enter World of Good, eBay's ethical marketplace. For Mother's Day, they're holding a fundraiser for Women for Women International, an organization that provides education and skills training to women survivors of war. I've visited a site of theirs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and can testify to the great work they do.From DRC to Afghanistan to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Women for Women International helps women, one at a time, to get back on their feet (or find a stable livelihood for the first time), learn job skills and business training, and have a general network of support to rely on, an invaluable asset for individuals who have survived things the rest of us would find unimaginable.
To help Women for Women's work go a little farther, check out the items featured in the World of Good Mother's Day marketplace—they range from small housewares to cute clutches to fabulous jewelry pieces, and all are produced in a socially responsible manner, including many fair trade, reused, recycled, plantable, or at least renewable items.
A lot of the goods are made by women, and some of the proceeds will be donated by the sellers to Women for Women International, and then matched by WorldofGood.com.
More on women's rights and Mother's Day:
Investing in Women and Girls to Fight Poverty, Climate Change
Run for Congo Women Builds Momentum to Support Victims of the War in Central Africa
Green Gift Guide for Mother's Day (Slideshow)