Dior and UNESCO recently organized the UNESCO & Women@Dior Global Conference to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The event, which took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, focused on celebrating education, equal opportunities, inclusion, and gender equality, which are all at the core of the Women@Dior mentoring and educational program.
The Women@Dior program, which was initiated in 2017 by Emmanuelle Favre, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Christian Dior Couture, has provided support for female students in almost 60 countries.
The program is designed to empower a new generation of women who are eager to create a more sustainable world. In 2020, Dior joined the Global Coalition for Education, which was created by UNESCO, to further support this commitment.
Around 400 young women benefit from mentoring each year, focusing on Dior’s core values of self-awareness, empowerment, inclusion, creativity, and sustainability.
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The event culminated in the presentation of the winners of the Dream for Change Project, where five teams presented their projects to encourage the independence of girls in their local communities.
The prestigious jury was chaired by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior Artistic Director for Women’s collections, and included documentary filmmaker Loïc Prigent.
The young mentorees and their mentors had the opportunity to dialogue with leaders from LVMH, Maison Dior, and UNESCO. Franco-Iranian actress Mina Kavani and Hafsat Abiola, President of the Women in Africa organization, shared inspirational messages about their commitments.
The event was marked by the power of sisterhood, and Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Synergies, Emmanuelle Favre, and Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, all shared their visions of the empowerment of women.
Charles Delapalme, Managing Director of Christian Dior Couture and Monika Figlewicz, President of Christian Dior Couture China, discussed the role of men as allies for the success of women in both professional and personal domains. Maria Grazia Chiuri spoke with Karishma Swali, Artistic Director of the Chanakya Ateliers and founder of the Chanakya School of Craft, about the themes of feminism, creativity, and craft.
Successful women entrepreneurs Hyojeong Kim, founder of NomadHer, and Maud Caillaux, creator of Green Got, were also among the guest speakers, offering insights on creating businesses with a positive social impact.
The day ended with mentees and professors from prestigious schools, including the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) and EFAP (L’École des Nouveaux Métiers de la Communication), creating a collective work of art to be passed on to future cohorts. The duo Ibeyi provided musical entertainment during the conference.
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