February 2018 marks a major milestone in the UK history, can you believe it has only been 100 years since an electoral reform allowing the first women to vote, was passed? At least it was a positive step on the path to gender equality.
Photo: Suffragettes in prison clothing after their release, 1908. (Source: Heritage Images/Getty Images via The Guardian)
Why did we create the Equality tee?
We are always inspired by the wise words of the suffragette movement and one in particular has stuck with us “deeds not words”, we felt it’s time to take our mission to the next level, so we’ve teamed up with Assisi Garments and created the Equality shirt to promote women’s rights and support the work so many strong female campaigners are promoting.
How are we helping to support women?
Back at our London HQ we are lucky to work in a supportive and friendly environment. Our team is predominantly female with all senior positions being held by women. We aim to work with progressive producer partners who support the most vulnerable in their communities. That’s why we choose to work with Assisi who are employing and training underprivileged and physically challenged women to give them the opportunity to build a safer future.
Even more positive news! We have recently received some encouraging feedback from our producer partners and on gloomy winter mornings, it’s another piece of motivation which keeps the People Tree cogs turning.
Hear from our Producer Partners: Siddharta, Amanda, Sr Vineetha, Rosy and Sabina
People Tree’s orders are vital to Kumudini, to me, my family, my colleagues and especially for female artisans in our country. They empower people socially and economically and mean we can educate ourselves and improve our life style.”
- Siddharta, Kumudini (Bangladesh)
“Women with little or no basic education have a chance of becoming financially independent and thereby being able to educate their children and create better prospects for them. The orders make the women push their skills and they are surprised with the beautiful garments they are able to produce by standing up to the challenge. The People Tree team, constantly innovating, gives our women an opportunity to learn.”
- Amanda, Creative Handicrafts (India)
“People Tree helped us to innovate and champion best business practices. Without this strong partnership, we could not achieve this. We’re supporting many families who earn their living making organic cotton clothing at Assisi Garments.”
- Sr Vineetha, founder of Assisi Garments (India)
“People Tree moves ahead with the latest fashion and technology but does not forget us or our stories and carries us along with them; helping us grow and aim higher to achieve greater goals.”
– Rosy, tailor turned production supervisor at Creative Handicrafts (India)
“The environment here is great. When I complete an item I feel so happy! I am happy to make whole garments with a nice finishing.”
- Sabina, tailor at Swallows (Bangladesh)
We think the tee says it all, join the movement and spread the word. We would love to see you wearing our fair produced “Equality” shirt, crafted by women for women. Share a photo and tag with #loveequality