Fall 2014 Speaking Up
A part of Women At Risk, Internationalâ€™s mission is to give voice to the silenced cries of the oppressed. Through the shared stories of many women, we continue to learn the ways in which they are silenced: threats, fear, violence, shame. It is our privilege to speak up on their behalf, raising awareness about the struggles they face and encouraging others to join us in rescuing, restoring, and empowering those at-risk. Will you be a voice for the voiceless? Will you stand up for the oppressed and their right to live and work with safety and dignity? Together, we can wrap arms of love and whisper messages of hope and worth in the hearts of millions.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31: 8
Beautiful and Cozy – Scarves that Rescue!
Daughters of Pakistan
Under Pakistan’s strict Islamist rule, an education is off-limits to most young girls. Yet one group of courageous mothers has found a way to bravely educate their daughters. Gathering together under the guise of “making scarves” they stitch and dye colorful fabrics while their daughters secretly learn to read and write. When you wear this scarf remember the girls in Pakistan who are blossoming into bright, educated women ready to make a difference in their society.
MISTED YELLOW INFINITY SCARF #103592 *Also available in Cypress Green, Bright Cobalt and Aluminum THICK CHAIN & CHARMS BRACELET #103396 CHARMS EARRINGS #103397
Gayatri Infinity Scarf ~ India ~ India
LAVENDER #103309 BERRY #103310
*Tiffany is wearing the Gayatri Infinity Scarf in Lavender PURPLE & WHITE CRYSTAL BRACELET #100640
The little black dressâ€Ś. three different ways!
WOVEN TURQUOISE POLKA DOT SCARF #103575
~ Thailand SHEER FLOWER SCARF in BURGUNDY#102901
~ Thailand *Also available in Emerald, Brown and Mustard
WOVEN BROWN & BLACK LEAF SCARF #103574
METAL CUFF BRACELET 2” #101078
BLACK STONE & PEWTER BRACELET
BLACK STONE AND PEWTER EARRINGS #100948
SAMITA STRIPES SCARF in BLUE #103314 *Also available in Cream, Turquoise, Mustard, Magenta and Peach BROWN, PINK, WHITE AND CHAIN EARRINGS #100666
EsperanzArt â€“ Ecuador
WARâ€™s partner provides vocational training for girls who have been rescued out of the sex industry and now live independently or with family. The Casa Adalia team work alongside a handful of girls to create jewelry made from tagua, a unique vegetable ivory produced in Ecuador. The atmosphere is relaxed. The teen girls, some of them young moms, chat with the team about life, ask questions, laugh and smile. They learn job skills such as time management, saving money, working hard, and setting goals. BRAIDED TAGUA NUT NECKLACE in BLUE # 103609
BRAIDED TAGUA NUT NECKLACE in GREEN #103610 *Also available in Blue
WOOD BEAD MEMORY WRAP BRACELET #100197
WOOD BEAD EARRINGS #102732
~ USA SUNSET NECKLACE #104046 ~ USA
THE STACEY NECKLACE #104042
Made lovingly by women in WARâ€™s US Training Center, a vocational training center for women healing from many abuses.
~ USA CHAIN OF ELEGANCE NECKLACE #103623 ~ USA GOLD CHAIN PEARL BRACELET #103536
Say yes to Layers. Darenda has put together a fun look with layered necklaces made in WAR’s US Training Center.
~ USA SILVER STATION NECKLACE #104063 ~ USA SILVER BAR STATION NECKLACE #104064 ~ USA NICOLE NECKLACE #104047 ~ USA METALLIC BLUE SILVER EARRINGS #103236 ~ India
TURQUOISE STATION NECKLACE #104067
SEAFOAM TO SALMON NECKLACE #103641
CONNECTED GOLD BANGLES #103359
COIN MOTHER OF PEARL DANGLE NECKLACE #103637
WHITE PEARL AND KUNZITE EARRINGS #101383
Umtha – Ray of Light
In South Africa – WAR’s partner works with marginalized women from both Xhosa and French-speaking-refugee communities. They are taught to make beautiful Africa-inspired jewelry in safe and dignified environment. “If Umtha wasn’t here, I don’t know what I would do. There is one thing I know – there is a future ahead of me and I’m working today.” Twiggy Bird Charm Necklace #103156
~ South Africa
BLACK COTTON TASSEL SCARF #103578 *Also available in Olive PEWTER LEAF NECKLACE #102794
~Pakistan OLIVE GROVE NECKLACE #103628 ~China OLIVE GROVE EARRINGS #103629 ~China
EMERALD GREEN INFINITY SCARF #103594 *Also available in Misted Yellow, Aluminum and Bright Cobalt
Celebrate Fall with this unique necklace hand-crafted by rescued women in China! ~ China Falling Leaves Earrings #100307 ~ China Seeds Planted Bracelet #103625 ~ Costa Rica Falling Leaves Necklace #100291
RED STONES ON GOLD NECKLACE AND EARRINGS SET #101599
HOUNDSTOOTH SCARF #102882
~ India BLACK ACCENT WRAP BRACELET #102256
~ Thailand BLACK ONYX & SPARKLE EARRINGS #102783
Use Your Voice! Two moms were walking the dark streets of China’s red light district. There they learned that many of the women had been scammed into prostitution with the promise of stable jobs or lured in while looking for work to support their families. Soon China Outreach was born. The two moms continued to enter the red light districts, bringing a light to this dark place, reaching out to the women, and building a program for them. Now our partners provide shelters, medical checkups and treatment, crisis pregnancy counseling, vocational training, employment, and more. If a woman cannot come to them, our partners meet her where she’s at— whether it be on the streets, inside a brothel, or in a prison cell. Our partners even meet with the mafia, pimps, and brothel owners, knowing that their change of heart will lead to even greater change for the women. They have seen the closing of brothels and the expansion of their outreach in new regions. In places where women are deceived into a life of darkness, our partners offer them a life in the light. Your purchase helps these women find safety, hope, and true healing. Speak Up Necklace 32” # 103627
Cozy accessories for Mom & Baby GRAY INFINITY SCARF #103269
WONDERFULLY MADE ONESIE 12 MONTHS #103438 *Also available in Newborn and 6 months
TORTOISE SHELL BRACELET
#100611 *Model is shown wearing 2 CROCHETED PUPPY DOG #101397
FRINGED SQUARE SCARF in BLACK #102881
ONYX AND PEARL BRACELET #101205
ONYX AND PEARL EARRINGS #101206
Woven Works – India
While great strides have been taken to address poverty in India, there are still many who find themselves drowning in it. They are the “unhirables,” culturally held down by caste, physical limitations, health, or religion. Left without a chance of employment, they are poverty stricken and therefore at increased risk. That is why Woven Works is all about what they call “people profit.” People profit is about hiring the “unhirables,” empowering them to rise above the limitations forced upon them and enabling them to become thriving economic contributors.
~ USA STAINLESS STEEL CHAIN WITH ROSE PENDANT #102614 - Malaysia PURPLE AND WHITE CRYSTAL BRACELET #100640 - Nicaragua *Model is wearing 2 SMALL ROSE BUD EARRINGS #102621 - Malaysia METAL BASE CHARM BRACELET #103528
~ Egypt Pewter Accent Two Chain Necklace #102792 ~ Guatemala Hand-cut Zuni Pendant #103591 ~ USA *Shown on 29” Long Silver Chain #103608 ~ USA Metal Cuff Bracelet #101079 *Available in 2” and 4” sizes
Reservation & Zuni Christian Mission School
Located in Northwestern New Mexico, Zuni Pueblo is home to the Zuni Tribe of Native American people. WAR’s partner has been working to serve the Zuni community for over 100 years. Jewelry making is one of the main sources of income in the Zuni community, but the lack of local work opportunity has meant that over one-third (36%) of people and over half (51%) of children continue to live below the poverty level. Your purchase here supports a quality education at our partner’s school and allows Zuni artisans better opportunity to support themselves and their families.
Thai Safe-House: Samaritan Creations Kay and her husband are from different parts of the world, but both of their hearts were broken for the women of her country. Together they began a ministry to offer hope and healing to Thai women trapped in the sex trade. Every week they reach out to the women in the bars, slowly building trust and relationships. They offer the women an opportunity to make a living in a safe place, free of abuse and debt bondage. If they join the program, they are offered counseling, child care, and vocational training. Safehouse staff is dedicated to walking alongside the women on the journey toward healing. As the women progress in the program, they become co-owners in the safehouse jewelry business, and they are empowered to begin their own micro-businesses, continue their education, and return to their villages to cultivate change. Today these women are no longer owned, but are independent, confident business owners. They work with dignity, provide for their families, and become ambassadors of hope to their own communities.
Say YES to jewel tones! ROUND GLASS BEAD NECKLACE AND EARRING SET #101578
SHOWN WITH MATCHING ROUND GLASS BEAD BRACELET #101579
A Portrait of Dignity
Buy the work of their hands and share the story!
CHAMPAGNE INFINITY SCARF #103270
A huge thank-you to our photographer and models who all graciously volunteered their time and talent to make these images possible!