Fabrics and thread made in the Valencian Community (20 km from UPV Campus) and a team of women in the Mil.una Sagunt project’s sewing workshop: this is the formula being used for making the 350 bags to be handed out to IDS2018 participants, with the help of the Mil.una social support project in Sagunto.
The IDS2018, organised by the Universitat Politècnica de València will be collaborating with this project, promoted by the Secular Institute Obreras de la Cruz (Women Workers of the Cross), whose main purpose is providing support for socially vulnerable women and families and fostering their social and employment integration, a field in which it has been working for nearly 20 years.
“Women with difficulties in gaining access to the job market will make the bags to be given to those taking part in the Euro conference, with the help of the Mil.una project in Sagunto”
Specifically, as members of the Mil.una project explain, this initiative involves the participation of women with difficulties in gaining access to the job market, who will have the job of preparing the 350 bags for the conference participants. The Mil.una team points out that it is an opportunity to practice educational and employment skills:
The delegate bags will not be manufactured thousands of kilometers away with plastic fabrics but rather locally, with recycled fabrics kindly donated by local textile manufactures and hand-made by the members of the Mil.una project.
“Through workshops and training activities we are aiming to improve the quality of life of the women involved and their families, make them more employable, motivate them to pursue proper training and develop their skills as educators and mothers”
We have already received samples and they are gorgeous! Note that the bags will not be uniform as each one uses a potentially different recycled fabric, maybe a different color, etc.