Women@Dior x UNESCO “Dream for change” online event celebrates gender equality and inclusion

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Education and sharing with new generations have always been essential values at Dior. In 1955, Christian Dior joined professor of French civilization Jacqueline de Menou in the Grand Amphithéâtre of the prestigious Sorbonne university in Paris. His inspiring talk to 4,000 students was followed by a memorable fashion show. An incubator of talent since 1947, Maison Dior is deeply committed to passing on and sharing the savoir-faire that makes the House a laboratory for new ideas and richly meaningful thinking, celebrating inclusion and creative passion.

Dior is reconfirming its deep commitment to a more sustainable and more inclusive world by hosting a special event with UNESCO. The groundbreaking online broadcast from the famous amphitheater at UNESCO headquarters will celebrate the graduation of the class of 2020 and the launch of the Women@Dior 2021 program, entitled “Women Leadership & Sustainability”. One thousand five hundred young women from 25 countries will attend the e-meeting, which will center on compelling topics such as gender equality and inclusion.

Created in 2017, Women@Dior is a pioneering international mentoring and educational program that has coached thousands of young women across the world. This initiative underscores the critical role played by education in building a more sustainable world with greater solidarity. Combining high standards and excellence, the program welcomes over 500 international students with an agenda that centers on the four core values of Women@Dior: Autonomy, Inclusion, Creativity and Sustainability. These values are taught through exclusive course led by professors from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions. Upon completing their coursework, participants are encouraged to apply what they have learned in practice by creating projects that support the empowerment of young girls, the “Dream for Change” initiative. Projects with the greatest impact are eligible for support from Dior and the LVMH Group.

Dior joined UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition in 2020 on World Youth Skills Day, the first couture house to become part of the program. Welcoming Dior, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini said: “Talent is universal, but opportunity is not. 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.”

The “Dream for Change” exclusive online event set for March  31 is a fantastic opportunity to share in this unique experience. The impressive line-up of inspiring speakers includes Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior women’s collections, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Pietro Beccari, Chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture, Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies, as well as Emmanuelle Favre, Director of Human Resources at Christian Dior Couture and Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.

Insights from these inspiring leaders during this high-profile event will cascade the power of sisterhood around the world.

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