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Solidarity, Sparkle and the United Nations' SDGs

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Solidarity, Sparkle and the United Nations' SDGs

Shoes by Shaherazad was created for a purpose. To provide women and girls living in poverty with opportunities for educational and financial independence.

When empowered women empower other women, the world becomes a happier place to be. Why girls and women? Inequality across the globe means that we have a long way to go in securing a stronger future for us all. Gender shouldn’t determine whether you get an education; sadly in many parts of the world it does.  This is why profits from every pair of shoes sold from this site go to empower women and girls via our partnership with GlobalGiving UK.  The shoes are sparkly and will make you feel good, but they are also an important symbol of female solidarity.

Draw a Line

This is where the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals come in.  An engaging, inspirational and measurable framework is essential for any purpose driven business in achieving it's goals.  For Shoes by Shaherazad, the UN SDGs provide a meaningful set of objectives against which to deliver, measure and engage. 

What are the Sustainable Development Goals anyway?

The United Nations Development Programme defines the SDGs as Global Goals which are "a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity."

The SDGs work in the spirit of solidarity across UN member states to make sustainable choices now, to improve life for future generations across the entire planet. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries, all business, and even individuals to work towards, in line with their own priorities and the challenges posed by planet Earth in general.  Importantly, the SDGs are designed to be fully inclusive.

  • Imagine: a world where no-one is left behind
  • Imagine: a world where no-one goes hungry
  • Imagine: a world where all life is valued
  • Imagine: a world where everyone works together
  • Imagine: a world where we are confident of a happier and healthier future for all

Peruvian Girls

The guidelines tackle the root causes of poverty and encourage us to stand together with solidarity to make a positive and lasting change for people and the planet.  And when standing together, doing it with sparkle adds extra joy.

Here are the 17 goals and how the Solidarity Programme at Shoes by Shaherazad is supporting them.

Goal

Solidarity Programme

How

1

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Yes

All solidarity projects

 

https://www.shaherazad.com/pages/heels-with-purpose

2

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Yes

All solidarity projects

 

https://www.shaherazad.com/pages/heels-with-purpose

3

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Yes

All solidarity projects

British manufacture

4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Yes

All solidarity projects

 

https://www.shaherazad.com/pages/heels-with-purpose

5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Yes

All solidarity projects

Real women photography

6

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

No

No direct actions

7

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

No

No direct actions

8

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Yes

British manufacture

Export to relevant countries

All solidarity projects

9

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Yes

British manufacture

Seed of Hope project support

NIGEE project support

Khoj project support

Tomorrow’s Youth project support

10

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Yes

Peru education project

11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Yes

All solidarity projects

 

https://www.shaherazad.com/pages/heels-with-purpose

12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Yes

British manufacture

13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

No

No direct actions

14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

No

No direct actions

15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

No

No direct actions

16

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Yes

All solidarity projects

 

https://www.shaherazad.com/pages/heels-with-purpose

17

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Yes

All solidarity projects

 

https://www.shaherazad.com/pages/heels-with-purpose

 

Shoes Which Sparkle

I emphatically believe that the world can be a happier and healthier place for everyone by addressing the imbalances and opportunities (or lack of them) afforded to people because of the country in which they live, their heritage, their sex, their gender, their religious background and their race.

Shoes by Shaherazad has been set up to help empower women and girls from all faiths, including non-faith.  It is the business's ultimate aim to be working to support females in every country where there is poverty.  If you are engaged by this story and the allure of some SDG sparkle, then you can buy some of our heels for yourself and empower another women by doing so.

Dragonflies on Shoes

My personal dream, aligned to the UN SDG's vision, is to physically see a world, within my own lifetime, where everyone lives a life free from fear, free from hunger and full of joy and empowerment.  If you would like to hear from others what the Global Goals will mean then this video with comments by Jennifer Lopez, Kate Winslet, Queen Rania of Jordan and Richard Branson will be sure to inspire you.

 

Imagine: a world of solidarity; one where greed simply does not exist.

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