Some 15 young women have completed 6-months of intensive training in various vocations at the Center for Empowerment and Enterprise Development (CEED) at Adidome under the fashion express programme.

The initiative, is being implemented through the vocational hub of the International Needs Ghana, in collaboration with the UNFPA, the United Nations Sexual Reproductive Health and PRADA group, a global leader in the fashion industry.

The program which is being piloted in Ghana and Kenya seeks to advance and mentor aspiring fashion professionals and to promote self-agency on sexual and reproductive health while leveraging on the social and economic power of fashion as a vehicle to promote women’s empowerment.

The graduation marks the beginning of another 6-month internship with local fashion houses after the competence-based training at CEED.

Executive Director of International Needs Ghana, Mr. Cromwell Awadey during the graduation advised the beneficiaries to push towards originality and make their brands influential.

He said the initiative is meant to position the beneficiaries to become economically independent and to afford them a dignified living.

He urged them to “walk the path of passion, innovation, dedication and creativity.”

Mr. Barnabas Yisa of the UNFPA Ghana, also promised the graduands of their continous support while indicating the commitment of the UNFPA and the partners to training more young women.

A statement read on behalf of Lorenzo Bertelli, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, PRADA Ghana said the beneficiaries “represent the future of the fashion industr.”

The 15 young women received training in fashion with complementary skills in special events decor, batik tie and dye making, millinery -fascinator making, grommet curtain making and card making.

The also benefited from soft skills training such as customer service and craft elevator speech.

Source: Ghana/ Abdul-Iddrisu