Empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development and meeting the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also has a multiplier effect across all other development areas. Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
OneSqin CIC is a new social enterprise, and the world's first business to donate 100 percent of profits to charities helping get girls in need into life-changing education.
Founded by luxury asset manager Neil Richmond FRSA and former superyacht captain Sinisa Jovic, OneSqin manufactures and sells premium-quality, 100% natural skin cream and certified organic cotton tampons.
“The odds are always stacked against girls who grow up in poverty,” said Richmond. “Every three seconds a girl somewhere in the world becomes a child bride. The number one cause of death for girls aged 15-19 is childbirth. And four out of five victims of human trafficking are girls.”
OneSqin supports projects that give girls the chance to stay in school, access health services and delay marriage and childbirth, helping them escape the cycle of poverty and shape a brighter future.
“Neil and I both worked in the luxury sector,” Jovic said. “We did well, and now we want to put something back. We wanted to make change easy, so we chose products that many women use regularly. They’re very high quality, with pure, natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals.”
Richmond added: “As consumers, we hold great collective power. We asked ourselves, what if that power was directed toward fighting inequality - what if the purchase of premium-quality products could help correct the balance? What if women could help other women just by buying the things they need?”
OneSqin CIC is a UK registered Community Interest Company, a certified member of Social Enterprise UK and is supported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). All work to get the brand up and running has been provided by volunteers and OneSqin currently supports pupils at the SEGA Girls School in Tanzania through the charity Nurturing Minds .
OneSqin products have launched via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that finishes on Thursday 8th June. Certified organic cotton tampons and 100% natural, all-purpose skin cream will be sold online, by subscription and on demand, worldwide. Anyone can head to http://kck.st/2pVGLdc right now, and help this movement take off. After a successful crowdfunding campaign products will be available on https://onesqin.org
OneSqin currently supports pupils at the SEGA Girls School in Tanzania through the US-based non-profit organisation Nurturing Minds http://nurturingmindsinafrica.org/
If you’d like to help support the first health and beauty brand donating 100% of profits to provide life-changing education for girls in need please visit Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and make a pledge.