Flying Scarfs, a veteran owned non-profit enterprise, that has created a vehicle to empower female artisans from underdeveloped countries by showcasing their handcrafted scarves to the world, has announced they will join the #GivingTuesday movement today, in hopes of raising $10,000 to support various women’s equality initiatives in 2017.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to participate in #GivingTuesday this year and are hopeful we’ll raise enough money to help continue to create jobs for women and provide education opportunities for their families,” said Joseph Stenger, founder of Flying Scarfs.

“Every dollar counts.” Stenger and his team of military officers started Flying Scarfs in 2011 as a way to provide employment for Afghan widows. Today, they’ve re-launched their brand to promote microeconomic development for women globally, as well as the development of education programs.

“We believe that equality, education, and economic opportunity can overcome extremism,” said Stenger. “Currently only 28 percent of Afghans can read and write. By working with our partners, our hope is that we will foster peace, justice, and equality in the communities in which our team works.”

Currently, the Flying Scarfs team is constructing a preparatory school for Afghan widows and their children. The new school is intended to help keep youth off the streets, where they are more likely to be indoctrinated by extremist views. With funds raised from #GivingTuesday, the Flying Scarfs team will be able to finish the project and get the necessary classroom materials by early 2017.

#GivingTuesday is an annual global day of giving fueled by social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday invites individuals to find their favorite causes, and donate . Founded by 92nd Street Y, #GivingTuesday originated in 2012 and has since become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events. To get involved and make a donation, visit