On Day 3 and 4 of the 16 Days of action against gender-based violence, we hosted two days of an international marketplace/bazaar. The first Bazaar day was in Merchiston Campus and the second was on Sighthill Campus – both of Edinburgh Napier University.
We owe the success of these bazaars to our incredibly talented entrepreneurs. We were so honored that cooks, artisans, jewelry makers, designers, and artists from all walks of life joined us in raising awareness of gender-based violence while showcasing the diverse talent that exists in our beloved Edinburgh.
Hosneara and her husband had a delicious and colorful spread of Bangladeshi food, scarves, and dresses.
Organisations which had information stalls were SACRO and Bright Choices, Changing Perceptions, Health4You, the Widening Participation Team at Edinburgh Napier University, The Big Issue, and our very own Bright Red Triangle!
A special thanks to the Bright Red Triangle Team for being an unwavering source of support to this Campaign! And thanks to Nick and Wendy for coming out to support the International Bazaar and spread the word about the work going on and resources available at Bright Red Triangle. Visit the BRT website to check out all the enterprising work they’re doing for student communities and wider Edinburgh!
Didem Kaner Ural provided savory and sweet selections of Turkish food!
Ivy Okeveke of Ive El-Designs sold handcrafted afro-centric bags, purses and more.
For personalised bags you can contact Ivy by email or by telephone:
Lynne Munro came with her bespoke, personalised gifts fit for family, friends, and pets.
Nasim Azad sold home items from beds, to toothbrushes, to rugs to jewellery to hardware and crockery! Anything for your home needs!
Barakah Designer Collections also joined us and sold Asian, Pakistani, and Arabic wear – including scarves, maxi-dresses, and partywear!
Shafali sold Bangladeshi saris and Bangladeshi food like samosas and sweet chom chom!
Fawsan created beautifully designed henna tattoos
Julia Lyden served up delicious vegan muffin mixes and vegan ice-cream.
We also had Blue Llama feature their Fairtrade alpaca knitwear accessories
Iwona Koziel showcased her gorgeous stained glass jewellery
And Linda Wood presented her Shanti Shanti Fairly-traded Nepalese handicrafts and Hannah Panda advertised for trekking and volunteering projects in the Himalayas
We were also honoured to have a Smalls for All stand at the Bazaar!
‘SMALLS FOR ALL’ is the brain child of its’s CEO Maria Macnamara who lives in Livingston and founded the charity in Scotland in 2010. The main remits of the charity are to collect underwear to help women and children in Africa. Smalls for All also support 377 children to access education through their education programme. To support this wonderful charity, they asked that visitors please bring along donations of brand new pants for women and children and new or gently worn bras.
We also had a short presentation and film shown by Doctoral Candidate Jenny Patterson, whom is doing her thesis on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post Childbirth. Her work highlights and tackles important issues for women and their experience of labour with a midwife. Are they getting enough care? How do thuese crucial events alter their birthing experience and the following days/years? Womens’ needs during pregnancy and childbirth have not been prioritised enough in most countries around the world. And Jenny is working toward changing this in the context of the expectant mother/midwife relationship. The short film showed along with her presentation was recently shown (October 2017) at the Out of Sight/Out of Mind festival as part of the Scottish Mental Health Film and Arts festival at Summerhall in Edinburgh.
And we cannot forget our wonderful volunteer eco-tourism students Natasha Dragomirova and Cornelia Moarcas who gave their time to draw signs for some of our vendors. We were so delighted by their talent and desire to help the cause. Thank you!
More than an event for selling goods, food, and advertising services – this 16 Days Bazaar was an event to bring together diverse and talented entrepreneurs against gender-based violence. This is so important because gender-based violence does not discriminate against nationality, age, ethnic identity, gender, religion, cultural practices. Thank you to all those that gave your time and talent to this Campaign event – as well as signed the 16 Days pledge to help eradicate gender-based violence! We love and appreciate you all!
A huge thank you to photographer Iain Robinson for taking beautiful photos of the event and stalls!