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Restoring Hope - Fashion Show Gala 2019

Restoring Hope - Fashion Show Gala 2019

Announcing the Women of the World 9th Annual Fashion Show Gala on 6 March starting at 5:30pm at The Falls Event Venue in Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Every year, the Fashion show is an opportunity to highlight something displaced women can teach us. Last year we highlighted  the harms of barriers and the benefits of community, this year we move with momentum forward to restore hope. A hope--we are reminded--that is also the object of a journey we take together. The hope we are restoring is at once audacious and an incentive to act.

Modeling Our World - 2017 Fashion Show Fundraiser

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Fashion Show
Society

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="2_3" disabled="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][et_pb_text background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" max_width="620px" admin_label="Text" text_font="PT Serif||||" text_font_size="24" text_font_size_last_edited="on|tablet" text_text_color="#363636" text_line_height="1.4em" use_border_color="off" border_style="solid" custom_margin="10px||0px|" disabled="off"]"If we understood one another, we would get along better." Sage advice -- especially coming from an elderly woman in traditional Nepali clothing -- and it serves as the reason for why we conduct the Fashion Show each year.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" max_width="620px" admin_label="Text" text_font="PT Serif||||" text_font_size="20" text_font_size_last_edited="on|tablet" text_text_color="#363636" text_line_height="1.5em" use_border_color="off" border_style="solid" custom_margin="30px||0px|" disabled="off"]This year's theme is "Modeling the World." From the standpoint of the event, this theme is straight-forward, women and girls will model traditional clothing from countries as different as Nepal, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somali, and Burma. However, I prefer to think that we are modeling the world we want, the one we are building with each service appointment, each new job or college graduate... a world where our humanity walks together with these courageous ladies.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" custom_width_px="1080px" custom_width_percent="80%" use_custom_gutter="off" gutter_width="3" custom_padding="50px||9px|" custom_padding_tablet="17px|||" padding_mobile="on" allow_player_pause="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" make_equal="off" column_padding_mobile="on" parallax_1="off" parallax_method_1="off" parallax_2="off" parallax_method_2="on" parallax_3="off" parallax_method_3="on" parallax_4="off" parallax_method_4="on" admin_label="Row" custom_padding_last_edited="on|tablet" disabled="off"][et_pb_column type="4_4" disabled="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][et_pb_image src="https://womenofworld.org/wp-content/uploads/Fashion15.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" animation="fade_in" sticky="on" align="left" force_fullwidth="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" admin_label="Image" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_width="1px" border_style="solid" disabled="off"] [/et_pb_image][et_pb_text background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" admin_label="Text" text_font="PT Serif||on||" text_font_size="16" text_text_color="#363636" text_line_height="1em" use_border_color="off" border_style="solid" custom_margin="20px||0px|" disabled="off"]2015 Fashion Show[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" admin_label="Text" text_font="PT Serif||on||" text_font_size="12" text_text_color="#363636" text_line_height="1.2em" use_border_color="off" border_style="solid" custom_margin="6px|||" disabled="off"] [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" custom_width_px="1080px" custom_width_percent="80%" use_custom_gutter="off" gutter_width="3" custom_padding="0px||9px|" padding_mobile="on" allow_player_pause="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" make_equal="off" column_padding_mobile="on" parallax_1="off" parallax_method_1="off" parallax_2="off" parallax_method_2="off" parallax_3="off" parallax_method_3="on" parallax_4="off" parallax_method_4="on" admin_label="row" disabled="off"][et_pb_column type="1_3" disabled="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="2_3" disabled="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][et_pb_text background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" max_width="620px" admin_label="Text" text_font="PT Serif||||" text_font_size="20" text_font_size_last_edited="on|tablet" text_text_color="#363636" text_line_height="1.5em" use_border_color="off" border_style="solid" custom_margin="30px||0px|" disabled="off"]The Fashion Show is the centerpiece of International Women's Day in Salt Lake City. This year it is on the 9th of March at the Leonardo Museum starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $40 per person and thanks to our generous sponsors, all proceeds will be able to go to our refugee service and capacity building programs.In addition to the beautiful traditional fashions, Women of the World clients that have started their own catering businesses serve ethnic food. We bring a foodie experience a la Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" to downtown Salt Lake City that alone is worth the price of admission.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" custom_width_px="1080px" custom_width_percent="80%" use_custom_gutter="off" gutter_width="3" custom_padding="11px|||" padding_mobile="on" allow_player_pause="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" make_equal="off" column_padding_mobile="on" parallax_1="off" parallax_method_1="off" parallax_2="off" parallax_method_2="on" parallax_3="off" parallax_method_3="on" parallax_4="off" parallax_method_4="on" admin_label="Row" disabled="off"][et_pb_column type="4_4" disabled="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][et_pb_divider color="#aeaeac" show_divider="on" divider_style="solid" divider_position="top" divider_weight="1px" hide_on_mobile="off" admin_label="Divider" disabled="off"] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text background_layout="light" text_orientation="center" max_width="900px" admin_label="Text" text_font="PT Serif||||" text_font_size="48" text_font_size_tablet="38" text_font_size_last_edited="on|tablet" text_text_color="#363636" text_line_height="1.3em" use_border_color="off" border_style="solid" custom_margin="16px||30px|" disabled="off"]" I prefer to think that we are modeling the world we want... a world where our humanity walks together with these courageous ladies"[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color="#aeaeac" show_divider="on" divider_style="solid" divider_position="top" divider_weight="1px" hide_on_mobile="off" admin_label="Divider" disabled="off"] [/et_pb_divider][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" custom_width_px="1080px" custom_width_percent="80%" use_custom_gutter="off" gutter_width="3" custom_padding="17px||17px|" padding_mobile="on" allow_player_pause="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" make_equal="off" column_padding_mobile="on" parallax_1="off" parallax_method_1="off" parallax_2="off" parallax_method_2="off" parallax_3="off" parallax_method_3="on" parallax_4="off" parallax_method_4="on" admin_label="row" disabled="off"][et_pb_column type="1_3" disabled="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="2_3" disabled="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][et_pb_text background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" max_width="620px" admin_label="Text" text_font="PT Serif||||" text_font_size="20" text_font_size_last_edited="on|tablet" text_text_color="#363636" text_line_height="1.5em" use_border_color="off" border_style="solid" custom_margin="30px||0px|" disabled="off"]The community has developed a special place in their hearts for the courageous women that get on stage during the Fashion Show. It's easy to see why. These women have such pride in their heritage and note the authentic interest of their new neighbors in Utah. 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There are still plenty of opportunities to get involved. Corporate and individual sponsorships are still available. Women of the World loves to connect local small-business and corporate leadership with the community close to Women of the World: women and men who support local businesses that have strong community relationships.

Finally, we encourage those of you who might be going to your first Fashion Show to grab a friend, get your tickets, and spread the word on social media that you are attending. While you are on social media, check out some of the other interesting things that WoW is doing. We hope you'll agree that the world we are modeling is one that exemplifies the best interests of all humanity.

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Celebrating and Honoring Our New Neighbors

This year the 4th Annual Fashion Show was themed around the popular meme “Stepping Up.” Women of the World is constantly looking for ways to highlight the progress that our ladies are making in overcoming the odds and integrating into their communities  in Salt Lake City.
The life of a newly resettled refugee is an active engagement. It starts trying to make a small apartment into a home. There are many large and small details that go into just this simple task: from ensuring you get heat assistance to keep the cold out in the winter months to finding reasonably priced spices and standards used in the cooking you and your family are accustomed to.
 
Once a home is made, our ladies begin to support their husbands and children in venturing into the real world. Mothers need to know their kids will receive a great education and wives need to balance the incomes and expenses to keep the family fed and clothed.
 
After sacrificing for everyone else in their families, our ladies step up for themselves. Most will start learning English first, trying to stay in touch with their children who are learning a secret language shared with only their friends at school.
 
IMG_1835In parallel with learning English, parenting, and trying to keep a safe and happy home for a family beset by nightmares of war and loss, most of our ladies need to get employment. Two incomes are needed for those living at the poverty line, which is where most refugees start. The majority of our ladies have few skills that transfer to employment in Utah and have to learn on-the-job. Hard work is the only way to climb this learning curve.
 
Our new neighbors continue to find ways to step up and gain advantage from the opportunities they work hard to make. Many move from employee to employer, starting businesses in housekeeping, hair care or cosmetics, food service, or retail crafts to name a few. Others give back to their community and volunteer with organizations that helped them either in Utah or in the country of their birth.
 
Our women step up and expect the same of us. They are not asking for handouts but a fair opportunity, someone to mentor them, and an infrastructure that processes their hard work into a safe life that propels them forward.
 
There were over 100 guests from the community that stepped up to their neighborly duty and graciously welcomed our ladies and their cultures into our community.  Thanks to our sponsor Ally Bank and the in-kind donation of the Blended Table Catering, Liberty Heights Fresh Market, and Tiffany Bloomquist Designs, WoW was able to use all ticket sales to fund our programs. Furthermore, thanks to the generous matching gift of the Semnani Family Foundation, Women of the World was able to double the contributions of all our generous supports and raise more money for our brand of stepping up for refugee women.
IMG_1768The Fashion Show started off with remarks from women that are pillars of our community and know how to make a neighborhood feel warm and welcoming. Kimberli Haywood, a Community Reinvestment banker for Ally Bank and the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Women of the World introduced the Fashion Show and the meaning she and her family got from their interactions with our new neighbors. She introduced Nubia Pena, the keynote speaker and a Women’s Rights Advocate, who brought the crowd into the discussion, making them present in the broader moment where women are beset by dangers from domestic violence to the school-to-prision pipeline. Samira Harnish, the Founder and Executive Director of WoW followed Nubia and talked about Women of the World’s customized approach to service and the challenges and successes of this approach over the last six years of service.
It was then time for the Fashion Show, with emcees representing Miss Asia Utah (Miss Palestine Utah), Nora Abu-Dan, and Satin Tashnizi, First Runner Up to Miss Asia Utah (Miss Iran Utah). The emcees introduced Fashions first from Asia including cultures like Iranian, Iraqi, Kareni, Chin, Rohingyi, Nepalese, Afghan, Turkish, and Kurdish and then took an intermission where we were entertained by Ms. Asia Utah, Anju Thapaliya Sharma, with a traditional Nepalese dance. To close out the Fashion Show, the emcees took to the stage again and announced African fashions from cultures such as Somali, Burkana Faso, Sudanese, Congolese, Zambia, and Tanzania. The models all stood in solidarity together with the staff of Women of the World, displaying women’s power.
The Fashion Show was a tremendous success and as Board Member Beverley Cooper stated, "I wish we could count all the goodwill and new friends we made last night because that is huge.” Indeed that is what the Fashion Show is for, as a low-barrier for the community-at-large to act on Women of the World’s tagline, to give our ladies a voice and to befriend them. A big thanks to all of those volunteers, staff members, board members, and members of the community that made it all possible.

Stepping Up: Women of the World's 4th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser

Women of the World celebrates the traditions of our new neighbors, we take pride in our place in the blend of community and culture, and we raise our voices to advocate on behalf of so many still in the process of escaping war and genocide. So it is our honor to invite you to our Celebration of Stepping Up: Women of the World's 4th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, 2 March 2016. Mingling starting at 5:30 p.m., Program to begin at 6:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Publik Coffee Roasters Event Space. 975 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT

 

DONATIONS: We have recently received a very generous matching grant from the Semnani Foundation that will double any money you are willing to give to our tax-exempt organization. 

The Women of the World Fashion Show features our new refugee neighbors STEPPING UP in their cultural garb. These women are counting on our friendship and humanity after fleeing violence in the neighborhoods of their birth. Their courage and request for grace encourages us to STEP UP with our hearts open to our shared hopes and dreams as women, mothers, and Utahns.
Fashion is about more than clothing, it is about rituals and history. International women’s day is about more than just women, it is about family and home in all its myriad forms. And your attendance is more than just a thing to do, it is about STEPPING UP -- in front of the crowd -- and standing for what you believe in, the ideal that makes America great, that we are ALL endowed with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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3rd Annual Refugee Fashion Show

Women of the World's 3rd Annual Refugee Fashion show was a resounding success!!!Women from all over the world modeled in this celebration of the beauty and courage of our new neighbors.  Burundi, Congolese, Burmese, Iranian, Iraqi, Nepalese, Ethiopian, Rwandan, Sudanese, and Afghani women graced the stage at Pierpont Place on Thursday evening in to show their native country's fashions.  A sample of the photos that were taken are on Women of the World's Flickr page on the album 3rd Annual Refugee Fashion ShowA sampling of some of the fashions on display include:

IMG_8765Burundi beautiful, smart, kind Sandrine wearing Burundi traditional dress “Imvutano.”  She would typically dress up in Imvutano for weddings and church. This type of clothes basically symbolize the respect and dignity of a Burundian lady.The top of this ensemble is sari-like, with the fabric draping over one shoulder, across the bodice and leaving the other shoulder bare.  

Another example, from Burma:

IMG_8713Smart, vibrant Mary Nei Mawi and Dawt Dawt, are from Chin State in Burma. They are wearing beautiful Chin Traditional clothing. They mainly wear this type of dress on special occasions such as Chin National Day, Christmas, New Year’s, and wedding ceremonies.   

All of the photos of this event on Flickr represent an important milestone in the journey of our refugee women neighbors and friends.  As Founder and President Samira Harnish states to introduce our models...

As you applaud each of them as they walk the catwalk, think about the steps they took before the ones you are seeing – running away from violence and oppression, scared and hoping only for a safe night’s sleep. Think about what they left behind -- a comfortable job, house, and their families – sometimes even their own sons and daughters.Their beauty comes not only from their features or clothing; but from their strength and amazing courage to find a better life here in Utah.

Women of the World is indebted to all of the volunteers, supporters, directors (and directors' spouses) that helped to make the 3rd Annual Refugee Fashion Show such a tremendous success.  Women of the World would especially like to thank the primary sponsors for the Fashion Show.

Thank you to the 2015 Fashion Show Sponsors

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Please consider keeping the momentum of the 3rd Annual Fashion Show alive by giving a generous gift via our secured donation site.

Inside the Story KUTV news visits Women of the World

Founder and President of Women of the World was featured this evening on the KUTV program "Inside the Story" with Dan Rascon -- The Iraqi Samaritan.  The interview is an upbeat look at the sacrifices that Women of the World makes for refugees and the impact that WoW makes -- "one hug at a time."Samira and our new refugee neighbors' story is compellingly told in the TV story and in the article on the KUTV website.  While Women of the World has recently had some great press, Samira Harnish remains focused on the mission, "the important thing is that our Utah neighbors understand the struggles of refugee women and their families."   Women of the World is excited to get back to what we do best, the service of refugee women in the programs that help them achieve "their human rights, self-reliance, a voice in the community, and economic empowerment."  We are working with over three hundred refugee women and their families and are grateful for all of the support that is developed by the increasing interest in our mission and the wonderful, courageous women that we serve. The Trailer Video on Facebook by Dan Rascon is also a very exciting lead-in to what Women of the World is and the efforts that a day in the life require in order to succeed in service.  If you are compelled by this story, please consider contributing your time or other resources to Women of the World.

Fashion Show Salt Lake City Event

It is that time again... Women's Fashion Show Salt Lake City Event, celebrating International Women's Day and our new refugee neighbors and their cultural heritage.This fashion and cultural event is at once a heartfelt celebration of the various refugee cultures in our community (Sudanese, Burundi, Iraqi, Burmese, and many others) and a celebration of the beauty and fashion of women from around the world.  Our new neighbors have struggled against war, rape, genocide, oppression in their native homes and in refugee camps and are determined to make Salt Lake City home, a community where they contribute!  And contribute they are... our ladies are making some of the greatest strides in overcoming PTSD, illiteracy, and poverty and contributing in their children's schools, in the workplace, and in college and university.  More than this, they contribute to our understanding of the world and to our humanity in helping others new to where we grew up and live.The Women of the World Fashion Show Event is:

WHEN: Thursday, 5 March 2015 : 5:30 - 9:00WHERE: Pierpont Place, 163 Pierpont Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84101TICKETS:  http://wowfashionshow.brownpapertickets.com ($35 includes food & Fashion Show ticket... a wonderful opportunity to meet some of these courageous ladies!)CONTACT: 801 - 648 - 9692 or samira 'at' womenofworld 'dot' org

We are actively searching for sponsors to join Ally Bank, Pierpont Place, and Soul Salt who are graciously donating resources to enable our 3rd Annual Fashion Show Event to be the best yet.  Please utilize these local businesses that support community development and our new refugee neighbors.allyimageslogoPlease join us for this wonderful event! 

2012 Fashion Show Highlights and Pictures

The 2012 Fashion Show  was the highlight of Refugee Month and had a large following online:

 

You can view the 2nd Annual Refugee Fashion Show pictures here!!!

A few other fun facts about the event:
  • There were over 100 people in attendance.
  • We received a $2,500 grant from the City of Salt Lake (Signature Events Grant Fund) for the Fashion Show and we spent a little over that for venue, music, food, presents and awards for the models, and advertisements.
  • We raised a little over $1,000, mostly from ticket sales.  We gave some free tickets to family members of the models
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It was a very successful show & everyone asked when will be the next event.  Some of our volunteers and special guests added their comments, likes and dislikes for us to improve on the next event.  Also, there is some followup on how to become a Women of the World Fashion Show Model for next year.
Miss United Nations Crowning 2012 Women of the World Princess
 
  • Many people liked the formal crowning of Miss WoW Fashion Show by Miss United Nation (Nilufar Sherzod).  This princess of the event is name Sedra and is pictured at left.
  • The Miss United Nation pageant would love to have the refugee models in the pageant, since their participation will help them to be involved in community service and will help them to get a scholarship if they win.
  • An example of one of the many e-mails we received after the show
    • What did I like: loved the venue. I loved how you had all different ages of models. The dresses were beautiful. I liked how we all got to mingle and chat with the models
    • What I liked: overall it was a fabulous night with a good atmosphere. It was so fun and it sparked my interest to learn more about refugees in this area.
    • Suggestions for next year: I would like to see more things for the silent auction. (a few people volunteered to put together baskets for next year all ready)
    • Other suggestions for next year:  I would like to hear more about the model's countries that they come from & their personal stories if it's not too intrusive. ( I know this part might be hard since it was hard enough getting everyone's names in order. You never know who's going to show up:)

If you have any suggestions for our Fashion Show, our organization, or want to help in any way, we would love to have you.  Please leave your comments below or go to our contact page and fill out the form to email us.  Thank you for your continued readership and following Women of the World!

 

Second Annual Refugee Fashion Show

Beautiful. Professional. Elegant. Amazing. Dazzling.These are just a few of the words that came out of the mouths of the attendees of the Women of the World Refugee Fashion show on Friday night. Then Founder and Executive Director spoke and added one more word: COURAGE.Fashion Show ParticipantsFor every beautiful dress, for every elegant step, for every reserved-blooming-to-proud smile – there is a story of a second-hand t-shirt in a camp, a run for your life, a scream. Each of the women in the refugee fashion show takes a step away from being a victim and toward freedom… and their footfalls echo in the hearts of all of humanity. They ran from oppression to represent the culture that would not die, they each walked to educate us in our freedoms.This year’s fashion show featured women and fashions from Ghana, Congo, Iraq, Kurdish Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Senegal, Tajikistan, Brazil, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Karen women from Burma. In the days leading up to the event, they put the finishing touches on their clothing and practiced walking the runway with Miss Tajikistan, Nilufar Sherzod. “Nil” taught each of the women about the differences between the traditional fashion runway model and a cultural fashion runway model – the slower pace, when to pause and give the audience a greeting from the nation’s traditions, and of course, how to smile and show your pride in representing your culture. It was Women of the World’s distinct pleasure to have Miss Sherzod mentor the young models and we encourage each of you to support Miss United Nations - Nilufar Sherzod.[gn_pullquote align="left"]They ran from oppression to represent the culture that would not die, they each walked to educate us in our freedoms.[/gn_pullquote]Pierpont Place was decorated and the caterers from the Red Rock Brewery started to deliver the delicious food for the event. The volunteers and staff from the Women of the World took their places and began to welcome the guests. Over 100 guests, friends, and family attended the nights events.The talent of the supporters of Women of the World continued to come to center stage as the MC of the night’s events and KSL TV and radio reporter, the host of Cultural Connections, Nkoyo Iyamba. Using her knowledge of fashion from her entrepreneurial vision of bridal dresses and her understanding of cultures as a reporter of Salt Lake City diversity, Nkoyo dazzled the crowd with her encyclopedic knowledge and endeared them with her ever-present wit. Women of the World could not have picked a more beautiful, more charismatic host for the event and is greatful for Nkoyo’s joy in presenting each of the models and their cultural heritage.Dancing on the StageAfter a message from the Fashion Show volunteer coordinator Felicia Sanchez and a thanks to those who donated generously to the Fashion Show’s Silent Auction (see list below) by Development Director Justin Harnish, Samira Harnish delivered her message that detailed both the beauty and courage of the Women of the World and the need for each of us to support refugee women in order to develop families and our communities.Then it was time for the Fashion Show.(For more information about the outfits and cultural background of each of the fashions, see the slides detailing some of the traditional fashions)We started with beautiful little children wearing the traditional clothing of their homelands. Of course these little ones were met with the the most fantastic ahhhs and ohhhs of all of the models. It was not just because of their cuteness, they had the grace and skill on the catwalk after their time in training with Nil and the rest of the Miss Universe models.All Fashion Show ParticipantsThe teens followed, each beautiful and with an air of invinsibility, so common to an American teen. There are so many stories in this group. In the days before the Fashion Show, we met Mami and her sister Rosabelle from the Republic of the Congo. We learned how long it has taken for them to achieve this confidence in the United States, how their high school classmates made fun of their English, and how they don’t associate with any country yet. You couldn’t tell on the catwalk, Rosabelle beautiful, studious, and shy was poised, while her sister, tall and elegant, passionate about becoming a fashion model, was professional. All of the confidence of being where they belong could be seen.Finally, the adults, the mothers came out onto the catwalk. Iran, Congo, and Iraq were all represented. They brought there families, some walking the same catwalk as their daughters, sharing the pride they feel in their heritage. There are not words enough for how beautiful the women and girls were, showing from both the inside and outside. The video footage and the photos show it all.There are so many people to thank but for the part of this blog, Women of the World would like to thank the fans that attended the Fashion Show and that dilligently read and subscribe to the blog. Thank you for all of your support.

Fashion Show Radio - KSL Cultural Connections

Women of the World was on the radio this weekend!  Cultural Connections with Nkoyo Iyamba interviewed the Refugee Fashion Show team including two of the models for this week's event for its program on Sunday, June 3, 2012.[gn_pullquote align="right"]As the refugee women walk the catwalk, think about the steps they took before the ones you are seeing -- running away from violence and oppression, scared, hoping just for a safe night's sleep. Think about what they left behind them, their comfortable job, house, and much of their family -- even sometimes their own sons and daughters. Their beauty comes not only from their features or clothing; but from an amazing courage to find a better life. Please take this opportunity to support this courage and elegance[/gn_pullquote]The questions focused on how Women of the World is helping improve the lives of women refugees in Utah and how the Refugee Fashion Show contributes to displaying the beauty and courage of its members.  The Refugee Fashion Show is this Friday, 8 June 2012 from 6-9pm 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/Women of the World would like to thank KSL radio and Nkoyo Ivamba who was a terrific, gracious interviewer.  Click the below link to listen to the full program.

  KSL Cultural Connections

4:20 to 15:00 - Opening Discussion17:30 to 25:00 - Volunteers Discussion30:30 to 39:40 - Refugee Discussion43:00 to 50:20 - Final Thoughts

2012 Refugee Fashion Show on June 8th @ 6pm

Congolese Woman RefugeeThanks 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.2nd Annual Fashion Show Flyer---

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.Women of the World's 501(c)(3) exemption

First Annual Refugee Fashion Show

Fashion Show BowWomen of the World is proud to present the First Annual Refugee Fashion Show at the City and County Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This event showcased the various fashions of the women and men from both the Middle East and various regions throughout Africa.  Those at the event stood in awe and amazement at the beauty and elegance of the women's fashions and at the fortitude and grace of their presenters, the members of the Women of the World.African Women's FashionThis event was extremely satisfying for all involved.  For the models, this was one of the rare opportunities where they were made to feel beautiful while expressing their heritage.  You can see in the video that while at first this was an uncomfortable event for them, they quickly warmed to our grateful and enthusiastic crowd and felt the way they always should - whole, confident, and amazing.  Some of our models have quite the knack for it, showing sass, dignity, and bliss all in the same round.  By the end, no one wanted to go, each taking their deserved encores before rounding up their cameras and taking pictures with their friends and families.African Women's FashionsAs a member of the crowd of onlookers, I was immensely proud of each of the women who against the odds maintained their sense of style and a connection to their heritage.  Each of the women looked beautiful and showed it in their individual way, some through reserved tenacity, others through a professional sass in expression and motion that barely contained their inward glee at the opportunity to be themselves, and by this fact, be beautiful.  The crowd's shouts could be heard from Temple to Timpanogos Mountain as they celebrated their daughter's, their mother's, and their sister's delight.Women of the World would like to thank Visage Salon Studios for collecting donations to improve the Fashion Show and the mission of WoW.  Read the 21 July 2011 update in the Sugarhouse Journal.See the videos on our You Tube Channel and all of the pictures at our Picasa site!Middle Eastern FashionsQueen of Babylon