WORKING WITH THE SWAROVSKI FOUNDATION TO HELP SUPPORT WOMEN SURVIVORS OF WAR
PROVIDING 350 MARGINALISED WOMEN IN NIGERIA WITH IMPROVED LIVERLIHOODS, RIGHTS AWARENESS AND SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION
In 2014, the Swarovski Foundation generously committed to supporting Women for Women International’s work through a three-year partnership, which saw almost 500 marginalised women in Nigeria participate in Women for Women International’s 12-month social and economic empowerment programme.
In 2018 we were grateful to renew our partnership with the Swarovski Foundation and enrol 350 women, who benefitted from a year of classes which supported them to lay the foundations for more stable and prosperous futures. In 2019, we will once more be working together to serve a further 150 Nigeria women, who will gain life-changing skills and knowledge thanks to the support of the Swarovski Foundation.
While participating in the programme, women learn about their rights, managing their finances, improving their and their families’ health and wellbeing, and how to build social networks and emotional support. They also learn vocational and business skills to access livelihoods and break free from poverty.
Over the last few years, Swarovski has supported our fundraising events through sponsorship, providing auction items and goody bags. Swarovski sponsored our high-profile Catwalk Show and Auction in November 2014 and our #SheInspiresMe Lunch in June 2016. Since 2018, Swarovski has participated in our annual one-of-a-kind fashion extravaganza, the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot sale, which this year raised over £240,000 to support women survivors of war.
Nadja Swarovski, Chair of the Swarovski Foundation and Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, is an Ambassador for Women for Women International, helping us to bring global attention to the realities of women’s lives in conflict-affected countries.
Salzburg Women’s Panel
As a company with a majority female consumer base and workforce, Swarovski strives to champion women’s empowerment. In August 2017, Swarovski hosted a panel in Salzburg, focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment and invited our Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, to speak on the topic.
About the Swarovski Foundation
Swarovski Foundation was incorporated in 2013 to pursue charitable goals to honour the philanthropic spirit of Daniel Swarovski, who founded the crystal business in 1895. Since then, five generations of the Swarovski family have reinforced the company’s commitment to philanthropy and charitable giving. The Swarovski Foundation’s mission is to build on this heritage by supporting charitable initiatives and organizations working in three areas.
Fostering Creativity and Culture by promoting the arts, advancing education, supporting cultural institutions and innovative projects with cutting edge talent; Promoting Wellbeing, supporting initiatives on women’s empowerment, access to health and education and assisting the advancement and development of young people and communities; and Conserving Natural Resources through water sustainability and environmental projects to promote the conservation, protection, and improvement of the physical and natural environment. The Swarovski Foundation Board of Trustees is chaired by Nadja Swarovski.