Thanks to the terrific benevolence of the community, Salt Lake City is the home of over 25,000 refugees with over half of those being women and girls. These women are mothers that have struggled mightily to go to the end of the earth to protect their families and children that have seen nightmares when they are awake. Even with these burdens, they still want to recognize their cultural heritage; even after running from war and living in tents in refugee camps, these women still want to be seen as beautiful.
Last year, Women of the World (WoW) ran its 1st Annual Refugee Fashion Show (womenofworld.org/1fashionshow) and it was a tremendous success. While it was done on a bootstrap budget, the models continued to make the rounds and the pictures show the pride this important developing demographic felt in their handmade cultural fashions and how elegant they looked in them. The crowds enjoyed the event and after it was published in the Sugar House Journal, anticipation by the community for the followup event has been very high.
[gn_pullquote align="right"]the models continued to make the rounds and the pictures show the pride this important developing demographic felt in their handmade cultural fashions and how elegant they looked in them[/gn_pullquote]On 8 June 2012 from 6-9pm, we are holding the 2nd Annual Refugee Fashion Show at Pierpont Place (163 W Pierpont Ave in SLC). We hope you can all attend and show your support for an elegant refugee fashion show. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $20 at www.womenofworld.org/2012fashionshow/ We are also having a silent auction during the event, so if you or your business would like to donate something for auction, please contact me with more details.
The Refugee Fashion Show teaches the community about the cultural history and fashions of women from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. It educates Salt Lake residents about their neighbor’s struggles and how pleased they are to be in America. Please reach out and be a part of this important community event.
Consider donating to Women of the World
Women of the World is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization whose aim is to support refugee women to achieve self-sufficiency. Women refugees face the combined threat of suffering their trauma in silence, raising a family in their new home, and having few current job skills applicable to a difficult job market. Utah women refugees struggle and succeed at gaining self-sufficiency through education and employment only with your generous support.