We are very excited to share the news that Peaches&Eaches have been awarded the Let Toys Be Toys Toymark Award for Good Practice!
Canada has been in the news for its steps towards gender equality a lot since the election of Justin Trudeau. Today, the country hit the news again, as the Senate have passed a proposal which was rejected back in 2016: that the words of the national anthem be amended to be gender-neutral.
Britain's largest corporations are beginning to publish their gender pay gap data, ahead of the April deadline. Those with the largest disparities have taken great pains to stress that men and women are paid equally for the same work within their organisations, and the only reason for the gender pay gap is that men simply occupy the higher paid roles. So why would women "choose" lower paid roles within the same organisations as their male counterparts, and how early on in a person's life do these choices begin to be made?
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that runs from the 26th of December. Statistics on its pervasiveness are contradictory, but the sentiments behind its creation have a lot to tell us about the repressiveness of culture, labels and language, and the power of gift giving this Christmas.
When it comes to toys, we are big consumers. Our purchasing power matters. Even if you can't afford every gift you buy this year to be handmade, Fair Trade or sustainably sourced, even if you will be shopping in high street stores, don't lose heart. You can still make simple yet important choices that will make a difference to your little recipient and to the message you are sending to the world about what we as a society want for our children.
It's been a good month for progress, with John Lewis' recent statement catalysing a lot of positive discussion on the gendering of products for children. Another company recently made the commitment to making its advertising gender neutral, and we look more closely at them here.
Political systems in Britain and the USA are becoming increasingly unrepresentative of the will of the people. This week saw the British Prime Minister welcome creationist nutcases into mainstream politics - a party of hatred and division, at the very moment the people are calling for the opposite. Right before that, Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, resulting in a call for a grassroots environmental movement in the country.
But petitions, hastags and viral videos only go so far. We need to live our beliefs every day. We need to support the businesses that are aligned with our vision, buy the products that are sourced in a way that fits with the future we want for our planet and its people. In this article, we look at the grassroots movement, and the natural role baby toys has to play within it.
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