Women bring their cultural knowledge and design skills to FEM International, which trains them to build their business plans, and make their products sustainable and marketable. Lis teaches the women how to network, build partnerships with the private, public and citizen sectors, while developing the necessary leadership skills to confidently begin and grow their businesses.
Aligned to our vision to contribute to building a more sustainable fashion industry, that is indeed a highly feminized one, in 2013, I launched ETHIK Eco-design hub, a project that first took shape in 2009 through FEM International. ETHIK’s mission is to promote ethical fashion and sustainable development practices within the textile industry and promote ethical fashion products amongst consumers. ETHIK is not only the first incubator of Ethical Fashion in Canada, but we are also the first organization to work with the Circular Economy framework in the Canadian Fashion industry. Meanwhile FEM International celebrated its 10 year anniversary and continues to bridge the realties of female social entrepreneurs from here and abroad, creating a movement of female changemakers, co-creating a more sustainable world.