I really love the connection between charity and fashion. By purchasing something wearable brandishing the name of and/or information about the cause, not only does the money spent go to help the organisation but you also become a walking advert for it, raising awareness just by popping to the shops or going to the gym. Not to mention you have a shiny new addition to your wardrobe!
A fantastic cause that I’ve become passionate about is Women for Women International. They help women in warzones to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency with financial aid, education regarding women’s rights, job skills and business development training. There is currently a lot of focus on women affected by the conflicts in Afghanistan and Congo, who are so often subjected to appalling sexual violence. I found it so difficult to read about these incredibly brave women, and I was so glad to see how much information there is on the website regarding how to get involved – there is many amazing ways to help, and one of them is the Women for Women T-Shirt campaign in collaboration with Harper’s Bazaar and London boutique Browns. Designers including Chloe’s Clare Waight Keller, Isabel Marant and Agnes B have all created their own stylish tees, and they are now available online, at Brown’s and in selected boutiques all over the world.
T-Shirt by Chloe
T-Shirt by Sonia Rykiel
T-Shirt by Isabel Marant
They are all available at http://www.womenforwomen.org.uk/events-supporting-women/harpers-bazaar-campaign.php for £40 each, or go to www.womenforwomen.org for international information. Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@metalstiletto) will have seen me mention them before, and you can follow them on @womenforwomen or @womenforwomenuk for updates about the work they are doing. I really recommend reading the information on the website too – it’s heartbreaking to read about women in such pain, but reading the success stories is really uplifting, and will definitely inspire you to get involved, whether it’s buying a t-shirt, sponsoring a woman in need or just Tweeting/Facebooking/telling your friends about it.
Thanks for reading!