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Help­ing women find a way out of poverty is the fo­cus of the cam­paign Be­cause I Am A Girl run by Plan In­ter­na­tional Aus­tralia and sup­ported by on­line mar­ket­place Etsy’s makers, de­sign­ers and cu­ra­tors have come to­gether to make home prod­ucts, art­work, toys and even beauty prod­ucts as part of the #make­for­good col­lec­tion. A per­cent­age of sales from this col­lec­tion will be used to help women in poverty and pro­mote chil­dren’s rights. He­len Souness of Etsy says sell­ers around Aus­tralia have cre­ated prod­ucts in­spired by the cam­paign to “un­leash the in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial of girls by pro­mot­ing their rights, trans­form­ing the fu­ture and cre­at­ing a bet­ter world for all”. “More than 90 per cent of Aus­tralian Etsy sell­ers are fe­male, many of them young women, or those at home with chil­dren. Many have never owned a busi­ness un­til they opened their Etsy shop . . . But as Plan In­ter­na­tional’s work and the Be­cause I Am A Girl cam­paign high­lights, it’s not as easy for all women around the world to start their own busi­ness or trans­form their fu­tures,” she says. “The over­whelm­ing re­sponse from our Aus­tralian Etsy sell­ers has high­lighted how much they care about girls’ rights and how ea­ger they are to use their cre­ative tal­ents to change the world for girls.”

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