TORONTO, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot
in the head by the Taliban, addressed the United Nations on Friday,
inspiring the world with her words and courage.
"Malala day is not my day. Today it is the day of every woman, every boy
and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights," she said
on her 16th birthday. "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can
change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first," she
Her message particularly resonated with Mehrak Mehrvar, an International
gender & governance specialist who has worked with the United Nations
and other agencies in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lebanon, UAE, Iran and
Indonesia. Ms. Mehrvar believes that change can happen with women "one
village at a time".
Based in Toronto, Ms. Mehrvar recently founded Lotus Wonders, a
for-profit social initiative to create a sustainable living for
displaced women, so that they can send their daughters to school.
"Poverty can be as extreme a situation as the Taliban in forcing poor
families to send their children to work instead of school. Sixty-six
million girls around the world are not in school. Of that, 39 million
are between the ages of 11 and 15 and the main culprit is poverty,"
observed Ms. Mehrvar.
Lotus Wonders is inspired and committed to creating a sustainable
livelihood for women in the developing world, hiring and training women
to create eye-popping accessories while paying above fair-trade wages.
Lotus Wonders also contributes an additional 20 percent of the value of
their wages to the Wonder Fund, a community resource that will give
employees the opportunity to invest in local projects that they deem
most important, such as building a school. To start, Lotus Wonders is
hiring 21 women in one village in Cambodia to create stylish iPad and
card cases in a variety of vibrant colours.
"We applaud Malala for bringing the issue of girls' and women's rights
to education to the forefront. At Lotus Wonders, we fully support this
basic right, and look forward to doing it one village at a time with
our social enterprise", said Ms. Mehrvar.
Lotus Wonders' first products have just hit the market, with beautiful
patterned iPad and card cases for the socially conscious shopper,
available on Indiegogo.
SOURCE: Lotus Wonders
For further information:
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To schedule an interview with Mehrak Mehrvar, please email:
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