Celebrating Women from different walks of life

Its International Women's Day!

Women are homemakers and changemakers, protectors and entrepreneurs, advisors and leaders. International Women’s Day is a celebration of women globally, of women who are powerful and succeeding. But it is also a day to critically reflect on the struggles women face both systemically on a global level and in certain regions of the world. As underlined by UNESCO, "International Women's Day is an occasion to celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equality and women's empowerment but also to critically reflect on those accomplishments and strive for a greater momentum towards gender equality worldwide."

Arlokea’s commitment to ethical labor and jewelry making is consistent with the value of the international women’s movements. We align ourselves with suppliers and cooperatives around the world that empower women in marginalized communities by giving them the opportunity to rebuild their lives and support their family via small family businesses. From the sourcing of materials to the finished products, female lead and run cooperatives are responsible for crafting beautiful jewelry adorned by women like you and I, exclusively in our online store at Arlokea.com.

Today, we’ll chat with 2 women of different backgrounds about their experience as a woman in their field. We’ll discuss ways these women accessorize with jewelry and what jewelry represents to them.

 

AVE 

A pop star in the making and inspiration to many
United States

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY - AVE

AVE is wearing the Druzy Stone Earring. This piece suits her minimalistic and meaningful style. According to Ave the Druzy Stone earrings are simple yet stunning. I love anything with a crystal in it!
You can find AVE on instagram@_avemusic
www.ave-music.com
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Q: What are some accomplishments you are proud of in your life?

A: 2021 was a revolutionary year for me. I landed a dream internship, worked two jobs, and graduated college simultaneously which set me up for an incredible start to 2022. However, my favorite accomplishment of 2021 is my latest album, "Show Must Go On." I spent the last 13 months writing songs for my friends and family who were fighting their own silent battles and were great examples of the phrase, "the show must go on." Hence, the album title. https://too.fm/lnv7lne

Q: What does International Women's Day mean to you?

A: Pursuing my dreams in a male-dominated industry and well, world, makes me one hundred times prouder of my achievements and fuels me to inspire other women to fiercely chase their dreams, too. I'm one of many who are living proof of the things we can overcome as women individually and collectively despite the adversity placed upon us in this masculine-favored society.

Q: What do you believe can be done to address gender stereotypes? 

A: Track 3 on my album, "Body Count"!!!!  "Show Must Go On" raises awareness for a ton of different social issues so "Body Count" addresses the double standards between men and women regarding sexuality and thus, gender stereotypes.

Q: What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life and work that you do?

A: Here in Nashville, the girls band together to give each other opportunities. For example, there's a writer's round (open mic night for songwriters) in town that showcases different female songwriters each week at The Listening Room. I love supporting "Song Suffragettes"!

Q: "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." What does this phrase mean to you?

A: The only criticism I get about my music is "your songs are about a lot of serious things"... My response? "True. That's the goal." There are plenty of love songs and drinking songs out there. I feel that it's my mission to make music that has more meaning than what plays in the background at a tailgate. Music is such a beautiful healer and uniter, why wouldn't we be using it as a medium to discuss the hard things, make people feel less alone in them and then empower them to persevere. My 13-song album won't change the world, but it can create ripples.

                                                                                  

Kitty Unofficial

An influencer  and fashionista on a mission
China

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Kitty is wearing the Pearl Pendant Necklace. This piece suits her sexy but elegant. She chose this necklace because she can wear it with different outfit and it’s a forever style!
You can find Kitty Unofficial on instagram: @Kittyunofficial
While she is busy saving the world you can
check her out at www.kittyunofficial.com
                                                                                      
                                                             

Q: What does International Women's Day mean to you?

A: It’s a reminder that there are so many incredible women out there fighting for something they believe in.

 Q: What are some accomplishments you are proud of in your life?

A: I’m good at building relationship, and I’m passion about nature conservation.

 Q: How does you identity as a women impact your role?

A: I enjoy being a woman, because I love looking pretty. At the same time, I speak and act for Mother Nature. I believe there is no difference between man and woman. We are equally strong and deserve to look pretty the same way. And we must focus on conserving our shared nature, everyone together.

 Q: What do you believe can be done to address gender stereotypes?

A: Story telling, sharing, learning, and finally, respecting.

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Q: What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life and work that you do?

A: Seeing a leader in workplace didn’t respect lady. Well, he got fired. And a lady is now taking the lead. Things has changed. One of the key element at work is “respect” nowadays.

Q: "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." What does this phrase mean to you?

A: It’s what I’m doing everyday, and we need more people throwing their stone across the water.

 

                                                                

As discussed in our conversations with women of various backgrounds, accessorizing with jewelry is both an art and a hobby. Some women decorate their bodies with jewelry in assorted colors, shapes and sizes. Other women express themselves through their clothes or makeup. No matter the individual woman’s choice to accessorize or not, it’s clear that, “Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all.

To get us there, the world needs women at every table where decisions are being made” (UNWomen.Org). At Arlokea, we strive to uplift female entrepreneurs in marginalized communities through sustainable projects. Produced with the environment in mind, our Fair trade artisan groups feature women at the decision making process of all our conscious jewelry projects. Choosing Arlokea means saying yes to practical and luxury pieces at affordable prices made by women for women.

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