Dare to Dream with Vlisco Women’s Month 2014

Sandra Appiah March 04, 2014

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International Women’s Day, which is held on 8th March, celebrates women around the world. The success of last year’s Vlisco Women’s Month motivated us to continue the celebration of inspiring women during the whole month of March. This year’s theme is DARE TO DREAM, a tribute to women who have the faith and courage to realise their dreams.

The face of this year’s campaign is Stephanie Okereke-Linus – a shining example of a woman who dared to dream and became an inspiring role model. When Stephanie was a young girl, she had the ambition to one day grace the big screen and direct her own films. Today the award-winning Nigerian actress and director realised that dream and is famous throughout West and Central Africa.

Vlisco Women’s Month Award

The Vlisco Women’s Month Award, which is part of the celebrations, honours the outstanding achievements of West and Central African women by identifying and rewarding those who inspire others to realise their dreams. Vlisco has nominated 3-5 women in each of the countries Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of the Congo  for the Vlisco Award this year. Elected by public vote, the winners, who become Vlisco’s new ambassadors for 2014, will be revealed during the Vlisco Women’s Month Award Night at the end of March. People can find out more about the nominees and follow their activities at dream.vlisco.com. For a chance to win fantastic prizes they can vote for their favourite nominee online, in-store or by sms.

Dream for the world

Vlisco believes that those who dare to dream will shape the future.  Some dreams are personal, while others can plant the seed of change for women around the world, such as dreaming that all women are given the opportunity to attend school. Vlisco invites the public to share their ‘dream for the world’ for a chance to win a luxury weekend away for two. People can collect a dream card in-store, fill it in and put it into the dedicated Dream Box in the city centre or share their dream online by using #vliscodream on Facebook and Twitter. Several Vlisco Women’s Month activities will take place around the Dreambox in March in the city centres. Keep up to date on these activities and find out more at dream.vlisco.com/vliscodream. The promotion runs until 26 March 2014.

Vlisco Fashion Fund

Another aspect of the Women’s Month campaign is the Vlisco Fashion Fund, which helps aspiring fashion designers in West and Central Africa. Novice designers are encouraged to pitch their business plan, which explains their fashion dream, to a Vlisco jury between 1-23 March 2014, with the chance of winning $2,500 funding and a fashion training in the Netherlands. The 3 winners will be announced at the Vlisco Women’s Month Award Night at the end of March. Find out more at dream.vlisco.com/fashionfund.

Roger Gerards, Creative Director Vlisco “African women have inspired us for more than 160 years with their incredible strength, wit and pride. Through their creative expression, they bring the Vlisco brand to life. The success of last year’s Vlisco Women’s Month has created a new Vlisco tradition. Our annual Women’s Month is the perfect moment to honour the inspirational and courageous women of West and Central Africa who dare to dream.”

Last Edited by:Sandra Appiah Updated: September 15, 2018


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