We have been following the state of the LGBTQ in Uganda for years but this week (as we go into pride month!) Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signed one of the world's toughest anti-LGBTQ laws. In some cases, these laws even include the death penalty. (You can read more about the new laws in this CBC article here.) We had to do something… even if it was small.
We had this beautiful pride collection created right in Uganda by artisans (who we are not going to name for their own safety). We named this rainbow collection "Awaka" as this is the acholi name for the word "Pride". These earrings, bracelet and necklace all have a set of rainbow beads made from recycled paper. These beads are rolled by hand and then get three coats of shellac on them so they are nice and durable!
A portion of sales from our Awaka Collection will go towards the work to change things for our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.
Through this collection we can make a statement that we stand for love - right across the globe. For all people. It is "JustOne" small way to make a difference.