Honoured around the globe every March 8, International Women's Day is a day to celebrate women's accomplishments in our society, rally for gender equality and amplify the discussion on women's rights and other challenges.
Show your support to this meaningful movement by recognising and uplifting the stereotype-breaking #GirlBosses out there! Scroll on to discover some of our favourite women-owned businesses from our carefully curated conscious retail space.
#1 House Of Diamonds
After experiencing abuse, mistreatment and unfair work practices in sweatshops first-hand, founders of House of Diamonds – Ida and Lila – dedicate themselves to leading other women out of positions of strife to places of hope through dignified jobs. As a social enterprise, House of Diamonds empowers disadvantaged Indonesian women with training and meaningful, fair wage employment as textile artists, creating uniquely beautiful wearables.
#2 Freedom Cups
Freedom Cups is a homegrown social enterprise – founded to kickstart the conversation for a greener period for women. Social entrepreneur Vanessa Paranjothy, alongside her sisters Joanne and Rebecca, runs Freedom Cups – aiming to destigmatise periods and support women in the less privileged communities by making period care and sanitary products accessible to all.
The brand's well-loved reusable, medical-grade silicone menstrual cups are made to last for a long time, effectively lowering reliance on disposable sanitary products. In their outreach projects, Freedom Cups' buy-1-give-1 model gives a cup to a girl/woman in an underprivileged community for every cup purchased, helping them gain access to sanitation during their monthly bleeds.
#3 Mei's Own
Founded by Rebecca Eu, Mei's Own is a Singapore-owned, Philippines-based social enterprise that focuses on timeless lifestyle goods crafted by survivors of sex trafficking and local artisans in the Philippines. The brand creates homeware pieces and babywear that provides their beneficiaries with a sustainable livelihood while preserving the local art and heritage. The proceeds from sales go towards education and vocational opportunities for these beneficiaries to chase their dreams.
#4 Co:Creation Workshop
Co:Creation Workshop is a social enterprise based in Singapore – founded by the creative duo, Peiling and Samantha. Using art as a bridge to connect people from all walks of life, Co:Creation Workshop collaborates with local artists and beneficiaries from various social organisations to create inspiring craft kits to advocate the importance of creative wellbeing for all. The craft kits sold also supports Co:Creation Workshop in providing free art-for-wellbeing programs to the underserved communities.
#5 The Nail Social
As Singapore's first socially-conscious nail salon, The Nail Social is all about empowering and improving the lives of local marginalised women with a higher barrier to employment. From 1-31 March 2022, the toxic-free nail salon pledges $5.00 from every receipt to AWARE’s International Women's Day (IWD) Fund. Pick a purple polish for your manicure or pedicure, and The Nail Social bumps the donation to $10.00!
Packed schedule this month? No fret – snag a gift card and redeem it another day! For every digital and physical gift card (min. $20.00 value) sold, $5.00 goes towards AWARE's IWD Fund.
We have more well-designed, do-good products by women-owned businesses and female-centric social enterprises over in our spaces – so pop in, grab a cuppa and shop away! Alternatively, you can shop fuss-free, 24/7 at our online store. *wink*