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Did you know that today is International Women’s Day? Well it is and I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to talk about and explore women’s rights. We are so so privileged here in the UK. So many of us know where our next meal is coming from, we have jobs to go to and a roof over our heads. So often in today’s frantic world, we forget these little blessings. Well today is a day when we can remember our sisters around the world who are not as fortunate as us. I know there is rife poverty in the UK and some incredible women here in the UK who strive every day and live in awful conditions. International Women’s Day is about being a voice for everyone, speaking up for those who can not speak for themselves. 

Working in an all girls school, I spent today sharing what Oxfam are doing to help women all over the world realise they are important, realise they are valued and that they too are entitled to the same rights that we have. Women around the world are working so hard to send their daughters to school to help them get out of the trappings of poverty. Education is so important. The age women are most vulnerable is 12 years old, if they live in poverty they are easy catchings for men who see them as an opportunity to make money in the sex trade or to father children for them. The video the Girl Effect breaks my heart every time I see it, I work with girls that age, at 12 years old girls should be enjoying life starting to discover who they are, not being forced to do things they should not ever even have to imagine. Check out the video…. 

Oxfam are working so hard to raise funds to empower as many women around the world as possible to create lives for themselves which are positive. The Let’s Get Together campaign is a great way for you to help them raise money. A few weeks ago my mum, sister and I decided we would host a, yep you guessed it, Vintage themed tea party for friends and family. It was so much fun and we raised a fantastic £121 in total. People are so incredibly generous. Thank you 🙂 It really is simple though and Oxfam have loads of ideas on their website, all you need to do is click here and then register as a host. Why not have a dinner party, or a sponsored walk or come up with your own fantastic idea. Get the girls together and learn about women around the world, empower one another to ensure we all have the same rights and opportunities. 

Check out the pics from our tea party below… 

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Yummy yummy… a little bit of tea to go with it maybe… 

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My gorgeous sister above.. check out the bunting 🙂 It was from our wedding but we managed to deck out the whole of the lounge, dining room and the hallway with it 🙂 That’s the little Oxfam Let’s Get Together collection box, thank you for making it full to the brim.. 

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And now for the guests who were what made the afternoon so lovely 🙂 Thank you for baking and all your generosity…

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I’ll finish with the amazing cupcake mountain… 

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Enjoy International Women’s Day ladies and remember to be so thankful for what you have. Why not throw your own party to raise some money.. every penny counts in changing people’s lives. 

Thank you especially for my lovely mum and sister, it was the bestest fun doing this together with you:-) 

Happy helping vintage lovers,

Olive & Emxxxx

 

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