Hand in Hand

Kate Spade New York and Women for Women International Expand Partnership

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Economic Empowerment for the Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Rwanda and Afghanistan

Women for Women International and kate spade new york are proud to announce the expansion of the Hand in Hand partnership into Afghanistan. This next phase will leverage private investment by kate spade new york to provide critical, sustainable employment opportunities for Afghan women, whose economic participation is vital to the growth and stability of their country and economy.

Starting in 2012, kate spade new york will create approximately 5,000 units of product a year with Afghan women, with a goal of reaching up to 15,000 units by 2013. The US government is a critical partner in creating an enabling environment in Afghanistan for the partnership to take root. Government leadership and resources provide a necessary level of scale and sustainability that can make the partnership a truly successful model.

Bosnia Pom Pom Scarf and Mittens - Winter 2011. Part of the Women for Women International Collection. Available at kate spade new york boutiques.

Since 2005, kate spade new york and Women for Women International have been working together to promote micro-enterprises for women in the still-recovering communities throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina. In the past year, nearly 400 jobs were created in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo and Rwanda. The expansion into Afghanistan is the next step in an ongoing product development partnership over the past five years. Women for Women International will provide the training in embroidery, weaving and beadwork for the women, with creative direction from kate spade new york.

As the partnership has evolved, kate spade new york has become a partner in many of our campaigns, including 2009 International Women's Day - for which they created a bangle with "hand in hand" encircling the front of the bangle and "there is strength in numbers" on the inside. These bangles are being sold both online and in stores, and benefit Women for Women International.

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Read an article by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon about Afghan women creating economic opportunities.

How to Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved with Women for Women International and kate spade new york.


Take a behind-the-scenes look at the kate spade new york and Women for Women International partnership in action on the official Hand in Hand blog.

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Watch a video on the kate spade Hand in Hand partnership.

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The HAND IN HAND Day bangle was created by kate spade new york. 25% of sales will be donated to Women for Women International. Be fashionable and help change a woman's life!

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