- Women Rise NFT, created to use blockchain to promote womens’ rights, to launch on Rarible
- The team behind the launch is led by young Pakistani-American digital artist Maliha Abidi
- Abidi wants to take her talent to the Metaverse next with plans to build a school for girls denied education
YEREVAN (CoinChapter.com) – Nonfungible tokens (NFT) are continuing to grow in popularity. From big industry names in the fields of sports, movies, music, and business to global charities and international organizations, everyone is joining the NFT movement. The term has become so popular that its use rose by over 11,000% in 2021. This resulted in Collins Dictionary naming NFT as the Word of the Year earlier this week. A new project called Women Rise NFT aims to cash in on the popularity.
NFTs are not only a method of digital art ownership. They are also a unique way to give back to the community or support a cause.
For example, the world-famous dictionary firm Merriam-Webster sold its definition of NFT to benefit Teach for All, a global organization that helps children in disadvantaged communities fulfill their potential.
In another instance, tech entrepreneur and TRON founder Justin Sun bought an NFT for $6 million. The artist (Beeple) donated the proceeds to the Open Earth Foundation to combat climate change.
A young group of women’s right activist is now putting the NFT craze to good use. Led by visual artist Maliha Abidi, Women Rise NFT is taking the campaign for gender equality to a new level.
Women Rise NFT is on a mission
Launching tomorrow, Women Rise offers a collection of 10,000 unique, randomly generated NFTs. The digital collection is created by Pakistani-American author and visual artist Maliha Abidi. The art collection represents iconic women from all over the world, some from real life. For example, collectors can mint a unique NFT featuring Frida Kahlo, Esther Mahlangu, or even the young icon Malala Yusafzai. Each unique NFT will be available for 0.07 ETH (about $280) with a maximum cap of 10 for each wallet.
The team has forged a partnership with the world’s 7th largest NFT platform, Rarible for the launch. According to DappRadar, Rarible’s all-time trading volume is $273.44 million. The platform also boasts over 86,563 traders.
According to the official website, Women Rise is on a mission to invite more women into the NFT space because the space is crowded mostly by men. Moreover, the team will donate 7.5% of the proceeds to global organizations fighting for girls’ education, women’s rights, violence against women, and gender equity. Some of the organizations that will stand to benefit from the sale include Malala Fund, the ‘Women Rise’ club, and the ‘Activist’ club.
The team had set the initial date for the launch as Nov 25 which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Moreover, the day also marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which runs until Dec 10, Human Rights Day.
However, owing to certain last-moment technical difficulties, the team had to postpone the launch date.
“We are delaying pre-sale by 24 hours to make sure everything is working smoothly and so that your experience of minting a Women Rise NFT can be enhanced,”the team announced.
Maliha sees a future in the Metaverse
Maliha has other ambitious plans beyond the NFT drop. She recently announced that she wants to build a school on the Metaverse next.
Calling NFTs, crypto, and blockchain a “radical tool in our hands,” Maliha wants her Metaverse school to serve the 129 million out-of-school girls so they wouldn’t have to rely on school buildings, physical books, or authorities.
According to a survey by World Wide Web Foundation, women are 50% less likely to have access to the internet than men in some countries. Such figures highlight why initiatives like the Women Rise NFT are important.
However, despite the male domination, women have started claiming their space in the world of NFTs. Other than Women Rise, some other popular female-led NFT projects include Rebel Society, Women and Weapons, Crypto Chicks, and Sad Girls Bar.
Meanwhile, having successfully completed their pre-launch today, Women Rise NFTs will be available to the public tomorrow.