At the occasion of the International day against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

At the occasion of the International day against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Fashion for a gender-equality. "Women Changing the World (Mujeres que cambian el mundo)"

  • Exclusive creations from 24 worldwide designers, who showcased their collection during the World Fashion Week / World Fashion Exhibition in Paris 2014 welcoming reception, together for an exhibition organized by Cooperating World and the Costume Museum of Madrid, Spain. Ann McCreath from Kenya, Beatriz Canedo from Bolivia or Junko Yoshioka from Japan contributed to the cause. 
  • The exhibition reunited large range of pieces: parachute from the WWII, embroideries from Afghanistan, Cambodian silk...
  • All the creations are offered to fight for the women rights and to continue the fight to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
  • It’s a free-exhibition, open to the public until March 24th.

Saturday 6th of February, Madrid, Spain. -- At the occasion of the International day against FGM on February 6th is inaugurated the exhibition organized by Cooperating World (Mundo Cooperante) and the Costume Museum of Madrid (Museo del Traje de Madrid) «Women changing the world».

The unique exhibition reunited large range of pieces: a weeding dress made with a parachute from the WWII and 500 Swarovski, a coat made with  fabrics and embroideries from Afghanistan whom mixed Occident and Orient, a Cambodian’s outfit made in silk...

This collection militate in favor of women’s rights through creations donated by the fashion designers who attended the World Fashion Week - World Fashion Exhibition Paris in 2014. In total, 24 outfits from different women designers: Kenya, Congo , Afghanistan, Spain or Sweden.

Designers like Ann McCreath from Kenya, creates  contemporary clothes inspired by African traditions or Beatriz Canedo, recognized as «The Queen of Alpaca» who in three decades put back on the spotlights forgotten fabrics from the Aymara, Quechua or Guarana cultures from Bolivia, she was honored by many prizes. Or Junko Yoshika from Japan who worked with the most prestigious Italian’s houses of Fashion and she dressed well-knows actress as Helen Hunt will be represented (see the list below).

Thanks to those designers, poverty, sexual exploitation, forced marriage of children and twenty other topics in link with the violation of women right will be highlight to change the situation. An exhibition is dedicated to the FGM, a practice among 125 millions of young girls and women are victims worldwide, this number increase constantly, there 3 millions victims each year. That’s why the exposed outfits were given by World Fashion Week to Cooperating World to raise funds to eradicate FGM. It would be possible to buy on internet.

With the dresses as connecting thread, the exhibition show the importance of women in the economical development. In fact, each costume will be accompanied with a board of explanations about: the designer, the gender gap and the local initiatives led by women for equality.

The biggest fight of Cooperating World is any form of discrimination against women and young girls. Its focused essentially on the Masai populations of Kenya and Tanzania where 70% of the woman population aged from 15 to 49 are victims of mutilations.

Joined by local organizations, Cooperating World built a boarding school with an educating aim, as well a home for the girls who have escape their home to avoid mutilations. In the same time, Cooperating World works on alternative rites of FGM and proposed economical projects to the women victims of FGM or those who refused it through the creation and the sale of the local craft. In that way, not only funds are collected but it promotes a new way of thinking in those communities.

The exhibition proposes as well some workshops about the gender equality for the children, teenagers and family. To attend, you need to subscribe via the Museum’s website. Those workshops were developed and financed by the Direction of the Equality of the City of Madrid.

“Women Changing the World” is a free exhibition available until March 27th  at the Costume Museum of Madrid.

About Cooperating World (Mundo Cooperante)

Funded in 1998, Mundo Cooperante fights the extremist form of discrimination against women and young girls. Its focused essentially on the Masai populations of Kenya and Tanzania where 70% of the woman population aged from 15 to 49 are victims of mutilations.

Joined by local organizations, Mundo Cooperante built a boarding school with and educating aim, as well a home for the girls who have escape their home to avoid mutilations. In the same time, Mundo Cooperante works on alternative rites of FGM and proposed economical projects to the women victims of FGM or those who refused it through the creation and the sale of the local craft. In that way, not only funds are collected but it promotes a new way of thinking in those communities. In 2015, Mundo Cooperante was recognized by the Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Equality for its work for the women rights in the world more precisely the fight against FGM.

http://www.mundocooperante.org

About Female Genital Mutilations

United Nations define the female genital mutilation as : «comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women».

The practical of the FGM is essentially in 29 African countries and in Middle Orient. However this is an international issue and it exists as well in some Asian countries or American countries, or as well within some immigrant populations Occidental Europe in North America, Australia and New Zealand. We estimated at 30 millions of young girls worldwide who are threatened by the feminine mutilations for the next ten years. (Unicef) In our country, (Spain) 17,000 young girls aged from 0 to 14 are concerned, the number has increased of 60% since 2008. (According to the Map of the Wassau - UAB Foundation)

Handmade in Kenya and Tanzania according the Masai traditions, the bracelets are exclusives creations with 3 aims : collected funds for the mutilated women or whose who gave up, to invest the profits in other projects to eradicate FGM and to transform this bracelet as a symbol of the fight against female genital mutilation and to make Spain an actor of the eradication.

About the Costume of Museum of Madrid - Research of the Ethnological Heritage

This museum belongs to the Culture Minister of Spain. The aim is to promote the historical evolution of the costume and the testimonials of the ethnological heritage of Spain.

About World Fashion Week®

World Fashion Week® is a global platform which promotes the exchanges of ideas and social development in the world to create a better fashion industry which favorites the diversity and the exchanges between the cultures. 

All the masterpieces belong to fashion designers who attended the Welcoming Ceremony of the World Fashion Week® - World Fashion Exhibition® Paris 2014 and who will represent their countries during the World Fashion Week® Paris 2016 EXPO.

The Designers:

Kenya

Scottish living in Kenya, Ann McCreath designs a contemporary line inspired by african tradition. The collection is ethic and created with women groups.

http://www.kikoromeo.com

Ghana

Duaba Serwa combines the tradition and the modernity. The dress exposed belongs to the collection «Gold» which pays tribute to the importance of this metal in the African Cultures.

https://www.facebook.duaba-serwa-186312377635

Zimbabwe

Rumbie Madzivanyika’s creations are inspired by the african’s multiculturalism that she was feed by her childhood spent between Botswana and Zimbabwe

http://www.rumbieburyimbie.com

Senegal

Diarra Bousso is a multi-talented artist : Fashion designer, photograph, painter and writer. Thanks to her creations she wants to redefine the «Made in Africa»

http://www.diarrabousso.com

Congo

Tina Lobondi is the international ambassador of the african fashion in the world. During her career she gave many of her creations to organizations to collect funds.

http://www.tinalobondi.com

Costa Rica

Born in Colombia, Yina Narvaez moved to Costa Rica to contribute to the textile industry.  Her clothes talked about the necessity to belong to a balance world.

http://yinanarvaez.com

Bolivia

Knows as the Queen of the Alpaga, Beatriz Canedo who in three decades put back on the spotlights forgotten fabrics from the Aymara, Quechua or Guarana cultures, she received many prizes for her work.

http://www.beatrizcanedopatino.com

 Paraguay

Celina Mersan showcases her collection during the Paraguay and Argentina Fashion week. She works as well with deferents organizations to collect funds.

http://www.mersandesign.com/designer.php

Colombia

Adriana Santacruz use the traditional loom for her actual creations. She works in collaboration with  Indigenous people from Los Pastos region.

http://www.adrianasantacruz.com

Honduras

Giselle Matamala started to sew at 7. Her fashion show is one of the most waited during the Honduras fashion week.

http://www.gisellematamala.com

Cambodia

Romyda Keth studied fashion in Paris. From Phnom Penh she exports her collection to France, Japan or Singapore. The outfit exposed is made in Cambodia's silk.

http://www.romydaketh.net

Japan

Specialized in wedding dresses, Junko Yoshioka worked with the prestigious Fashion Houses in Italy and she dressed actresses as Helen Hunt.

http://junkoyoshioka.com

Afghanistan

Zolaykha Sherzad creates contemporary collections inspired by the tradition. She encourages the Afghan population to work for the reconstruction of the country.

http://zarifnyc.com

Vietnam

Phuong My uses unique fabrics to create clothes that she produces in Milano, Paris or Hong Kong. She is a contributor for many well-established magazines.

http://www.phuongmy.com

Albania

Ema Koja Savalh’s creations are ethics. She uses new materials as resin, gums, blades of metal to create unique textures.

http://www.emasavalh.com

Denmark

Ann Wiberg’s creation are ethics, using fabrics, embroiders, lacers and vintage accessorizes to whom she gives a new life.

http://annwiberg.com

Ukraine

Olena Dats’s creations combine the slavic traditions with a touch of modernity. She dressed celebrities worldwide.

http://olena-dats.com

Sweden

Love is her inspiration and Camilla Wellton creates all her creation in respecting the environment and the local communities.

http://www.camillawelton.com

 New Zealand

Lindah Lepou is the only one fashion designer who is using natural fibers combined to traditional materials for more than two decades now. 

http://www.lindhalepou.com

Ireland

Jacqueline Quinn is one of the most Irish- established designer. Her collections are made for women who understand the fashion industry.

http://jacquelinequinn.com

Italy

Francesca di Maria is inspired by the Mediterranean woman, her creation are simple and elegant, she showcased in the five continents. 

http://www.francescadimaria.it

Croatia

Branka Donassy belongs to the artistic & fashion scene thanks to her presentations, fashion shows and national and international exhibitions. As independent artist, she creates exclusive creations which demands a wonderful research in fashion, design and art. 

http://www.donassy.com

Spain

Specialized in the wedding and cocktails dresses, Marco Marrero and Maria Diaz (Marco & Maria) create a combination of romantic gowns with the 21st century and the past. 

http://marcoymaria.com

 For more information:

Monica Batan Zamora
Department of Cooperation and Development
Mundo Cooperante
Avenida Portugal N°111
28011 Madrid Tél : +34 91 463 55 63

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