It’s #internationalwomensday, and that means a lot of things to a lot of people. Today, on this day, in this particular world - it feels like women have the loudest voices we ever have. But there are still so many that go unheard.
This gold cuff is a pretty piece that I get asked about a lot. And that’s the point...because it’s not just pretty - it’s kinda powerful.
The @brandedcollective works with survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. It’s happening here, in this small town turned big city, and we aren’t talking about it as loudly as we should.
BRANDED has created jobs that allow survivors to collaborate with local artisans and handcraft unique pieces, each with a different number.
Many victims of human trafficking are BRANDED. Their captors physically mark them with a number or symbol. And so, each BRANDED item is stamped with an initial and a number. A stand against that brutal practice.
The initial on each bracelet or necklace belongs to the survivor who made it. On mine are the initials “RO” - and while I don’t know her name, I read about her. She says she loves Nashville and McDonald’s. She says that if she could have any talent, she would want to sing beautifully.
I can’t hear her, but I bet she already does. I can’t hear her, but she is singing loudly, and her voice is clear. And so is the mission of BRANDED Collective.
Wear the story, share the story and change the story. For them and for all of us. ❤️ #brandedcollective #BRANDED #endhumantrafficking #empoweredwomenempowerwomen