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Friday, 11 May 2018
Published in PROMOTION

On May 12 we celebrated the World Fair Trade day.

In Afrikable we bet on the Fair Trade as a key tool to get women’s economic empowerment..

During 9 years we’ve been working and creating opportunities to many african women and their families, accessing to a decent job, training professionally and growing together to start to own their own lives.

Putting their faces and hearts to what’s behind the elaborate product; Hope, justice, professionalism and above all empowerment, such as Khadija Hassan that started making recycling products and now she is the project’s manager in Lamu.

Khadija Hassan

Or Mamá Madina, (Madina mother), one of our “grandmothers".

“Madina mother does not remember how old is she, more than 60 she says. She had 10 children but two of them have already died. She tell us that nobody hires somebody of her age, and much less to a woman that also does not know how to read or write.

She is very happy with the new sandal’s Project because she sees that her work is important. She takes care of apply glue to the pieces, dyeing, and apply polishing wax and polishing the sandals.

With the salary that she earns, she can bring food home and to buy medicine to her sick husband. She also can pay the school for her children and even she can send one of them to highschool”.

Mama Madina

And the same as them, even more women, Anonymous heroines, tireless fighters that thanks to the Fair Trade, they have been improving their lives and those of their families.

From Afrikable we know that there is another way to make economy, to make a fairer and sustainable world to everyone.

As consumers we have that big power in our hands, valuing not only the economics but also the social and ecological.

We want a new global economic order with a fair Exchange, a sustainable social and ecological development, of quality of life for today and for the future, definitely, responsable and solidary consumption.

JOIN UP AND BE FAIR TRADE! #WeAreFairTrade

Afrikable - #SomosComercioJusto

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Author: Merche Cascajero | Translator: Rubén Duarte

Thursday, 08 March 2018
Published in PROMOTION

Today, millons of women around the world will raise their voices against the violation of their rights (sexual, reproductives, labor …) against male-chauvinist violence, against the invisibilization of a global society that doesnt take them into account, relegated to a second plane and still does not value them justly for who they are. And they will do it, from many different corners of the globe, joining to an international feminist strike.

The women makes the world go around. If the women stop, we all get stagnant.

The afrikable’s craftswomen want to be heard. to be respected and free. Today, they also join to the strike. They celebrate their day. From Lamu, Kenia, we join together with them to the millions of women that will go out to the Street to demand to be recognized, respected and treated as equal.

Nos queremos vivas y libre. Por los derechos de todas.

WE WANT US FREE AND ALIVE | FOR THE RIGTHS OF ALL WOMEN

Jose and Ana, the solidarity vacation’s coordinators and general support in field, they share what it means to them to live the march 8 next to them.

Ana Carrascón: “Every day in Afrikable is a gift. It’s to be able to put name, and last name and a huge smile to the fight of each and every craftswomen that are part of this big family. Women that, against all odds, show that they are able, strong, powerful and transformers. Women that drive changes to better, to them and their families, and that through their work in the just commerce circuit can guarantee an education to their children, to be self-sufficient economically and cease to be invisibles for a society that relegates them to the darkest corner.

We admire them because all of them, to get here today, they have had to face situations of inequality and injustice, discrimination, violence, lack of ascence to the education and to health. They are a real example of courage and empowerment. To be able to share with them the women international day celebration and their claims this year, it makes the greatest sense.”

Jose Mateos: "In Spain, the article 40 of the II Republic prayed : “ All the Spaniards, without distinction of sex are admisibles to the Jobs and public office …” Since then, and thanks to the tireless fight of the women like Clara Campoamor, we have not stopped advancing in the fight towards the equality and the freedom. A fight that still has a long way to go, but a fight that is condemned to success.

A fight required independently of the country, color or ethnic group. A fight in which we the men have the responsability, capacity, need and obligation to collaborate, ending in this way with the injustice situation that they live for the simple fact of being women. Fight that we musn’t stop until we get the total balance.

In Afrikable we believe in the female empowerment and that`s why we work everyday. It does not exist a man enough rich, able to pay what our women’s smile transmit. Note even, between the richest, could pay the spark that shudder your body when you see the evolution of women that have suffered in his own flesh the scour of inequality through the marginalization, the gender violence and the male- chauvinist submission.

This is why we demand the implication of the goverments in this fight that Benefit everybody. Implication through effective action that fights against this male-chauvinist system, where it continues to be tolerated situations like male violence, marginalization, and inequality in the laboral rights, staying the dome of the big corporations and governments in men’s hands.”

We will convert this day in a party!

 

 

Authors: Jose and Ana | Translator: Rubén Duarte

Tuesday, 07 March 2017
Published in PROMOTION

Today is our day, the day to remind the world of our rights, that we exist, that we are just as intelligent as men, that we want equality.

Today seems to be the day that has been granted to us to give us value, to thank us for our role as women, mothers, wives, single, workers, unemployed, tall, short… the day society acknowledges our existence.

Although we at Afrikable fight for women’s rights all year round, not only on the 8th of March.

Because our project’s aim is to empower women. To make sure they have a job, learn a trade, learn to read and write, explain to them which are their rights so they can defend themselves all over the world.

Yes, the verb “defend” is the best one to explain this world and this society.

Because having to say that in this century we still have to fight for our most fundamental rights is surprising, to say the least.

That there are still men in political positions who continue to believe and say flat out that women are intellectually inferior and that this is one of the reasons why they should get paid less money than men.

That each day we have to justify and prove our position in an office in front of male colleagues.

That women die every day at the hands of psychopaths who think they have power over someone else’s life.

There are so many examples...

And it is a shame that, on such a beautiful day as Women’s Day, the words that stick out are: fight, rights, hope, union, survival, empowerment.

If everything was alright, if we were given the value that we have, today we would hear words like: love, life, excitement, eagerness, equality.

For our part, we want to congratulate all women for their daily struggle, for not losing faith, hope, the eagerness. Because each day there are more of us willing to scream to the world that there are many of us, we are strong and united.

Afrikable and its women prove every day that it can be done. With a job they like, a living wage, a family to feed, and all of this with a smile. Those smiles that light up Lamu.

 

Author: Ana Carlavilla | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Tuesday, 07 March 2017
Published in PROMOTION

International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate that in the face of inequality and injustice we are not alone. Many women and men have decided to act in favor of women’s rights and our empowerment as agents of change and social progress.

All over the world, women have to face economic and employment inequality, violence inside and outside the home, lack of access to education, to health services, etc. International Women’s Day should be used to denounce and make visible such inequalities and situations of social injustice, to not silence us, to seek compromises and commit ourselves to our future, ultimately, to take action.

I wanted to focus my commitment on March 8th, 2017 on one case of inequality and injustice that I’m especially concerned about, which is, access to women’s reproductive and maternal health. Access to health is a human right but women and girls, mainly in developing regions, have to face situations of helplessness caused by economic dependence, discrimination, lack of social support, lack of education, lack of power over their own sexual and reproductive lives, lack of resources for better care and inaccessibility to health care services. According to data from the UN only half the women in developing countries receive the medical care they need and many women suffer and die every year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth (the maternal mortality rate in these countries is 14 times higher than in developed regions).

We need to take action because maternal morbidity and mortality is a danger that could be avoided by providing developing regions with the resources needed to provide information, education and easy access to quality health care. By supporting and promoting measures such as the new Afrikable’s project Maternity Home, with our commitment, we can achieve this..

Happy International Women’s Day to all!

 

Author: Lidia Jimeno | Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Monday, 07 March 2016
Published in PROMOTION

They arrive early in the morning, at eight, and say good morning to the rest of their colleagues with a smile on their faces. Work starts and they chat cheerfully, but they are also focused and quiet when the tasks require it —cutting the fabric, sewing bracelets, making sandals… That’s the daily life of Afrikable’s women, work days without trouble or fanfare but which have become a driving force to provide for their families.

A job in Lamu means a great boost to face some of the problems suffered by the island’s women, many of them resultant from the widespread situation of extreme poverty (that is to say, incomes of less than 1 dollar a day to survive.) Added to this are hair-raising situations: women victims of maltreatement or household heads in charge of taking care of all their children and their homes. How would their reality be without Afrikable? Like that of hundred of women who live in that same city, under those same conditions, and who go out into the streets to fight for the dignity of their families.

Since 2009, Afrikable has helped in the fight against poverty by employing more than 80 women en cuatro grupos productores diferentes. in four different producer groups. Thanks to your contributions, the visit of volunteers through the Volunteer Holidays program and the shoes company Alma en Pena, we make a change.

You have helped to change the economic situation of Afrikable’s women but, moreover, you have believed in them and made them visible. I still remember Lola’s word, president of the association, telling us that she and Merche, vice president, had even asked for permission to the husbands of some maasais women so that they could work as part of Afrikable’s Fair Trade projects (in some countries such situation would scandalize us.) They accepted, as they realized it would be a source of economic incomes, so this is how it happened but, beyond that, they are women who gained freedom… Aren’t those enough reasons to bet on these invisible heroines?.

Author: Carmen García | Translator: Ara Calavia

Saturday, 05 September 2015
Published in PROMOTION

If talking about balancing family life and work is still a challenge left to conquer in many countries of the so-called First World, in the developing countries this balance becomes a real utopia, especially in the most rural surroundings with the biggest poverty rates. And that is because the sexism that is installed in the different areas of daily life in those societies is the main obstacle that the rights and freedom of women have to overcome, together with the absence of a legal and institutional framework that encourages and promotes a balance between family responsibilities and the carrying out of any work activity with certain measures, like maternity and breastfeeding leave, reduction of working hours, unpaid leave for taking care of youngsters and family members, and working hours flexibility.

Here, in Lamu, the place of women is usually limited to the house, meaning taking care of the house, of the kids and the family, and also the development of some activities oriented to getting an income to the household (picking up and selling firewood or vegetables, fruits and other products in small stalls).

But, what happens when maternity comes? The answer is simple: women still carry out their work as usual, but now they do it with a very small baby hanging from their backs. And that is because they do not have any other chance, they do not have the possibility to stop working and care for the baby without an effect in their household economy. So both options have consequences that are very far from what we understand as balance between family life and work: on one hand, stopping work to care for the newborn means affecting his life and the lives of the other members of the family, because the reduction of income translates into, among other things, a diminishing on the quality of feeding, with all the risks this implies in terms of malnutrition and other sicknesses related with the poor quality of food and water. On the other hand, carrying out the work, in most cases outdoors, with a baby hanging from their backs is not even close to the optimal situation for the recovery of the mother and the upbringing and caring of the son.

Maternidad Esha

 Esha with little Mahmoud

 

From Afrikable, where women’s empowering is the main goal and the unifying thread of our interventions, the balance between family life and work is a necessity and a priority to take care of. So, women work in a flexible environment regarding the care of their smaller children, because they attend their workplaces with their babies, who are taken care of during the whole work day by a woman who is in charge of this task. In this way, women can work knowing that their kids are taken care of and having them very close in case they need to attend to them themselves, which includes breastfeeding.

This flexibility also translates into the possibility to have their salaries unaffected if they have to stay at home because they’re not fine to go to work, if they have to take care of their children or relatives or go with them to the doctor’s, or if they have to attend any school or community meeting: the same applies if they need to leave the workplace for this reasons.

In respect of maternity itself, mother’s recovery after labour and the adequate care for newborns in their first months are a priority, that is why maternity leave is a right granted to every woman working for Afrikable. In this way, they can choose to extend the maternity leave period for 3 or 4 months, receiving 12,000 or 9,000 shillings each month respectively during this period. With this, the rights of both the mother and the newborn are granted, and also it is ensured that the domestic economy is not affected by lack of income, with all the risks this may imply.

In the past weeks, two Afrikable workers, Esha and Maimouna, have become mothers and both already enjoy maternity leave. They and the other women that have already enjoyed it are delighted with it because they can take care of their children and enjoy them in the first months of their lives at the same time that they get a salary, which allows them to see that their domestic economy will not be affected merely because of the fact that they became mothers, thus avoiding any kind of harm or discrimination because of their gender.

Those measures mean a step ahead towards women’s empowering and the exercise of their rights, as balance of family life and work is a more than achievable goal for this women in an environment that is full of hindrances to do it.

Authors: Marta Heredia and Lidia Jimeno | Translator: Rocío Catalano

Saturday, 05 September 2015
Published in PROJECTS

There is international consensus on the importance and need of protecting women's human rights. This position recognises their intrinsic value and the links between their rights and prosperity in general. As Xabier Aldekoa writes in his book Africa Ocean: “African women are the forgotten heroes of Africa because they are not only, though invisible, the engine of the continent but also its more reliable piece: African women never miss an opportunity to ensure their families well-being”.

 

Despite this recognition, the position of women, not only in Africa but worldwide, continues to be very disadvantageous because the establishment of a legislative framework in defense of gender equality is insufficient. At this point, comes into play the endless discussion between the adoption of policies that treat men and women the same way and the substantive equality, the one that is reflected in society and the one that requires transforming the economic and social institutions in a fundamental way, including the beliefs, norms and attitudes, that shape them.

 

Within this context of inequality and lack of protection, African women are in a situation of increased vulnerability. Proof of this is that a woman in Sierra Leone is a hundred times more likely to die during childbirth than a woman living in Canada, as noted in the report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016, recently published by UN Women.

 

Mujeres TrabajandoOne of the fundamental pillars to put an end to gender inequality and to boost the empowerment of women is paid work which is the supporting pillar of Afrikable activity. We create opportunities for women by creating paid work posts with a wage basis that doubles Kenya´s minimum wage. This adds up to the training and capacity-building that we give to women to break with a patriarchal system in which the role of women is restricted to home duties and childcare.

 

Afrikable is a collective action centre, a crucial element because women affected by this reality need to share it, to recognize their rights and to learn how to fight for them, something that only happens when we act as a group. One of this rights is the fight to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, which is far from being achieved. This is why the maternity leave enjoyed by Afrikable women makes more sense now than ever.

 

Fight, strength, commitment, significant advances and a long journey. A journey in which we would like you to be with us and in which we will play music of the one that works as a vehicle to create awareness. Music like the one made by the Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, who made her debut in 2011 with the album Fatou in which she includes the song Makoun Oumou that pays tribute to her compatriots, African women.

 

Author: Estefanía Vera | Translator: Estefanía Rodríguez

ABOUT AFRIKABLE

Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

WHERE ARE WE

  • Lamu, Kenia.
    Madrid, Spain
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