An inclusive fashion show was organized in Addis Ababa featuring 21 designers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. The designers customized clothing for 46 models representing people with disabilities in Ethiopia.
During the show, a video discussing the social and professional views on the challenges faced by the disability community was presented.
The show was organized by the US embassy initiative in collaboration with the Fashion Designers Association, Hub of Africa Fashion Week, corporate sponsors and nine local disability organizations. Also the US Department of State Alumni Affairs was part of the organizing team.
During the event, Michael Raynor, US Ambassador to Ethiopia, expressed his excitement to see participants from many African countries.
“Inclusivity is all about giving every member of our community a chance to be at the best of themselves, but also a chance that ensures us to contribute to our collective success as well,” he said.