The Jakarta Post
A woman walks past a billboard at the Dior store in Nanjing, China, on Sept. 8, 2013. (Shutterstock/File)
French luxury goods company Dior has joined hands with UNESCO to help provide education opportunities for 100 "most disadvantaged female students".
According to a statement, Dior's support for UNESCO's Global Education Coalition is the first time ever for a couture house.
“Talent is universal, but opportunity is not, especially for a generation of young women whose education has been severely affected by the pandemic. By joining the Global Coalition with an initiative that empowers and carries promise for the future, the Dior couture house is sending a strong message of commitment and confidence, giving young women from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to fulfill their dreams,” Stefania Giannini, UNESCO assistant director-general for education said in the statement.
As part of the collaboration, the 100 selected students from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka will be mentored by a Dior employee and join the company's 10-month online Women@Dior mentoring program launched last June.
“Out of education comes freedom. For me, it seems essential to help young girls develop their self-confidence: the confidence to dare, to be independent and to do things. This initiative is more essential than ever in order to create the world of tomorrow,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of Dior women’s collections. (car/kes)