VOICE OF WOMEN FOUNDATION, the former ASTRAIA Foundation is a non-partisan, non-religious, independent charitable organization that was founded in 2010 by four visionary and powerful female leaders believing that every child, no matter of it’s gender, deserves the right of education, safety, and health.
The foundation, named after the Greek goddess of justice, was founded in Munich, Germany, and is active in more than 15 countries around the world. It is supported by a large network of supporters and is led today by Suraya Pakzad, one of the TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2009, who was forced to leave Afghanistan in 2021 after the take over of the Taliban regime. Ms. Pakzad is supported by a passionate board and reputable ambassadors from all areas of society.
The founder of FA254, advocate for African designers, contributor for Vogue Germany, model Waridi Schrobsdorff, has been an ambassador and a part of ASTRAIA (Voice of Women) Foundation.
This whole project is designed to give women a voice creatively. Women’s Vinyl Project is working alongside communities in Kenya with a particular interest in those communities that still practice Female Genital Cutting (FGM).
The Women’s Vinyl Project raises money through the sales of the vinyl, which will be donated to Zinduka, an organization working on the ground in rural communities to help support girls and stop FGM.
When Waridi learned about The Women’s Vinyl Project in February 2021, she was instantly drawn to it and became an ambassador for the project. This is what she had to say!
What inspired you to become an ambassador for the project?
After Meeting with Ruth, I was very interested to understand her part in the project and what difference she was making to bring positive changes or encouragement to the young woman of Vinyl. I firmly believe that voices formulated creatively have a strong Statement. Defining the movement with singing is not just artistic but also inspiring because singing is the language that has one voice. Ultimately, using the voice to motivate younger women and girls to raise their voices.
What’s your philosophy in life?
A quote from Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it’s done,” evolves around my journey and life philosophy.
What do you love most about Kenya?
Nairobi for me is the New York of Africa, Kenya being Modern yet is still wild at heart.
Will you be singing for the vinyl?
I am not a singer, then again… Nothing is impossible.
The fourth edition of the competition was held by FA254 with the support of the German International Cooperation (GIZ), with the aim of discovering and promoting the best Ethiopian designers for a better sustainable future. FA254 hosted an international training and conference for the selected finalists in Addis Ababa. The best designers were invited to attend Berlin Fashion Week in July 2018 where they presented their collections at Greenshowroom to international buyers.
Ethical Fashion Online
Local Addis Ababa Newspaper.