It’s International Women’s Day, a day to recognize the contributions of women, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality. Today, we raise our cups to the dynamic women of Spyhouse, and the International Women's Coffee Alliance.
In 2003, women from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the US came together to focus on their shared interest: improve all aspects of the coffee industry. As a result, IWCA connects women and empowers them to lead themselves, their families, communities, and the global industry to sustainable livelihoods.
It is reported that up to 70 percent of all work done on coffee farms is performed by women, yet their legal representation as landowners and association membership tops out at 20 percent and falls as low as five percent in some countries. In response to this inequity and inequality, Spyhouse created Mujeres Unidas (United Women), a year-round coffee offering sourced exclusively from female farmers. Beginning next week, this coffee will be re-named Women Producers Coffee. Through the sale of this coffee, we respectfully support women coffee farmers as they work to secure a future for their families.
Throughout March, Women’s History Month, Spyhouse will also support women in our local communities. We’re donating $1 from the sale of every bag of Mujeres Unidas/Women Producers Coffee to She Rock She Rock, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering girls, women, trans and nonbinary folks through the art of music. She Rock She Rock provides an inclusive environment that values collaboration and diversity, develops leadership skills, and fosters self-confidence. Through their music education programs and events, they believe creative expression evokes social change, challenges gender stereotypes, and encourages a climate of support within our community.
Spyhouse recognizes and applauds the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry, and beyond. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. On International Women’s Day and every day, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world. Let's all be #EachforEqual.