Dior supports and joins UNESCO’s global education coalition

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Dior supports and joins UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition by opening its Women@Dior program to one hundred talented young female students from Niger, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Dior supports and joins UNESCO's global education coalition

Today, on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, Dior is joining the Global Education Coalition founded by UNESCO.

This initiative, which is being supported by a couture house for the first time, gives the most disadvantaged female students the opportunity to receive an education focused on inclusion. A concrete commitment, in view of the societal stakes, and in the context of a global health crisis.

The 100 students selected – in partnership with UNESCO – will thus have the opportunity to be mentored by a Dior employee and to follow the ten-month Women@Dior curriculum, an online educational program launched by Dior last June. Since 2017, Dior has accompanied a new generation of women in thirteen countries. Through its new Women Leadership & Sustainability course, it explores themes of gender equality and leadership for a better future. Participants will develop a local project called “Dream for Change,” dedicated to valuing and empowering young girls. A unique, supportive and virtuous dialogue based on mutual aid, sisterhood, and celebrating the transmission of knowledge for a more responsible and sustainable future.

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,” reasserted Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior women’s collections.

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,” says Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.

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