Punjammies Provide Indian Women with Dignified, Living-Wage Opportunities
Jan 25, 2018 11:11AM
Radiance, in Lancaster, carries several styles and a range of sizes of Punjammies, a line of beautifully made pajama-style pants from Sudara clothing company, a Certified Benefit Corporation which has worked for over 10 years to create dignified, living-wage job opportunities for women in India who are at highest risk of being forced into or sold into sex slavery due to poverty, lack of education and lack of opportunity. Each pair is sewn in India by women who are working to remain free. Every style is named in “honor and celebration” of a woman at one of the centers.
Despite advances in human rights awareness, human trafficking, particularly of women and girls, continues to be a scourge around the world. Sudara’s founders were shocked by the number of women they met in India who were forced into slavery by their families or picked up by pimps on the street simply because they had no other choices to subsist. They began partnering with a small group of women and a sewing project, and grew from there. This project gives sustainable employment and teaches skills the women can use for their lifetimes as they battle to stay out of sex slavery.