Equitas has partnered with Montreal-based designer Frank And Oak to promote gender equality for more inclusive communities. Certified B Corporation, Frank And Oak are committed to addressing social and environmental challenges in order to be a socially responsible company. For Frank And Oak co-founders, Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani, both first- and second-generation immigrants, values of inclusion, equality and sustainability have always been important, as they are for Equitas.
In countries such as Burkina Faso, Equitas works with local partners to support women’s empowerment and their efforts to advance gender equality.
Josephine’s story is a good example of how empowerment can change a woman’s life. At age 17, Josephine refused to marry the 60-year old man she was promised to and was banished from her family and village. Defying expectations, she trained as a mechanic, a career traditionally reserved for men, and became the first woman in Burkina Faso to own a garage. Supported and trained by Equitas, she now leads a group that helps women from poor neighbourhoods gain access to non-traditional trades and better understand their rights. She works to dismantle stereotypes, to change men’s attitudes towards women, and to increase their willingness to allow their wives and daughters to attend trade schools.
Donate now to support women’s empowerment and gender equality in Burkina Faso.