Celebrating Women

International Women’s Day 2016

Octavia Shoes & Fashion celebrates International Women’s Day. We are proud advocates of supporting women and other organisations that pillar social and economical assistance for women and children, just like our Care Australia Charity. We donate $5 from every pair of shoes sold directly from our website to CARE.

CARE Australia is a leading international aid organisation that works around the globe to save lives and defeat poverty. They face the challenge that in order to overcome poverty means people have equal rights and opportunities. They put women and girls at the heart of their work. Their access to equal opportunities represents a powerful and effective opportunity to end extreme poverty. When one woman escapes poverty, she will bring four others with her. For those living in extreme poverty, CARE support brings education and training, healthcare and clean water, nutritious food, and new ways to earn an income. And in times of crisis, every donation made contributes to help CARE deliver emergency relief.

International Women’s Day is about remembering and celebrating  not just the great Humanitarian, Political and Cultural achievements of women around the world but also celebrate women with love, respect and appreciation for the quiet sacrifices they lovingly make for their children, their families and their communities.

This day is about bringing awareness for the struggles women face around the world and working towards change so that this awareness can bring about better opportunities and better lives for women and children facing these struggles.

We celebrate you!

Here are some highlights from around the world:

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti On International Women’s Day a woman sells cleaning products near children playing, in Jalousie neighbourhood, in the commune of Petion Ville

Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images.

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Washington, US To celebrate International Women’s Day, first lady Michelle Obama talks to artist Mr. Brainwash during a live painting of a Let Girls Learn mural at Union Market

Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

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Bhopal, India Tribal artists during a rally for International Women’s Day

Photograph: Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

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Bucharest, Romania Women wearing black scarfs adopt a mother care posture during a flash mob

Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

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Photograph: Jason Taylor/Survival International

The Dongria Kondh women of the Niyamgiri hills in Odisha state, India – who call themselves Jharnia, or protectors of streams – have lived in the lush, forested hills for millennia. For the past 10 years these women have worked with Dongria men to protect their most sacred mountain, Niyam Dongar, against plans for an opencast bauxite mine

The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.