Dior has teamed up with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to offer mentorship to female students from disadvantaged parts of the world.
The French fashion house launched its Women @ Dior programme, which pairs students with Dior employees, in 2017, and has so far helped more than 1,000 young women.
Now it's expanding the initiative with the help of UNESCO's Global Education Coalition, offering 100 female students from Niger, Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka a mentorship with one of its workers and a 10-month Women @ Dior educational online course.
"Out of education comes freedom," said womenswear creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri in a statement. "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."
The partnership was announced on Wednesday to mark World Youth Skills Day.
Participants will also take part in Dream for Change, a local project aimed at empowering girls and promoting the notion of sisterhood and the transmission of knowledge.
"All mentees, in groups, will be invited to create, develop and implement a local initiative supporting the emancipation of young girls in order to help societal attitudes about women evolve and encourage women's empowerment," a brand spokesperson said.
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