Haymarket celebrates International Women’s Day

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) — March 8 was International Women’s Day, and the Haymarket store celebrates the accomplishments of women from all over the world.

On Saturday, Ten Thousand Villages organized an event dedicated to these women. The store is a fair trade organization that has been operating in the Haymarket since 1992. The store features crafts from around 20,000 artisan partners, 60% of whom are women.

Gillian Christie, the store’s manager, said that in many of the countries the store receives the goods from, women have few opportunities outside of the home and are turning to creativity to feed their families. She said that this day is a time to appreciate women from all over the community and from all over the world.

“We’re really trying to use International Women’s Day as an opportunity to bring awareness to partner groups of women artisans, and then also trying to find ways to celebrate the different crafts and skills they use in store during our celebrations,” Christie said.

The store features crafts from 30 different countries such as Guatemala, Peru and India. Today, the shop featured women of all sorts of talents, such as hand weavers, henna artists, and belly dancers.

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