In order to promote vocational institutes in Pakistan, it is essential to provide trainees from these institutes with a platform to showcase their talent. The International Labor Organisation’s (ILO) Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE) fashion show provided just such a platform.
“Synchronising ILO — GE4DE’s efforts with the emerging fashion industry of Pakistan is a huge breakthrough, and a dream come true for me. Almost everything you have seen here today has been put together by the trainees of GE4DE skills development projects,” says Hiba Siddiqui, the Programme Officer promoting GE4DE.
The show consisted of four segments, each of which aimed to highlight the creative work coming out from the rural landscape of Pakistan.
“The most unique aspect of this talent exhibition was that for the first time in Pakistan, the marginalised class of worker was directly linked with the international and national buyers without the traditional middleman.