Fashion for Positive Action

We Can Do It!It’s been a little under a year since our last auction, and in that time, Fashion Auction House has really evolved. Our 3rd auction, themed ‘Eden’, is coming soon to a bar and lounge near you (uh…Saipan) on April 18th. And we are really EXCITED about it!!

‘Eden’ will not just be a one-day auction and boutique featuring achingly beautiful designer handbags and shoes, it will also be an awareness drive for the Genesis House women’s rehabilitation centre, which is run by the Freedom Foundation.

A week ago, the Fashion Auction House Team visited Genesis House, to see for ourselves, just how much work and help they needed. Genesis House is a shelter for victims of trafficking and sexual slavery, and the progress they have made thus far at their shelter in Surulere, is simply inspiring.

We’ve all read about the Nigerian girls who get tricked into trips abroad to countries like Italy, Belgium and more – where they are subsequently subjected to humiliation and forced into prostitution. In fact, the stories of these ‘Nigerian sexpats’ are so common now, that we probably just accept international trafficking as yet another problem in the country that the government needs to sort out.

What most of us are however ignorant of, is the thousands of other women who are subjected to internal trafficking, within the country’s borders. And these, are the women that Genesis House seeks to rescue.

The Fashion Auction House Team on Sunday, watched interview footage featuring girls as young as 13 and 14, who are required by pimps in slums around Mushin, Jakande etc to perform sexual acts with all manners of men for as little as N300 or N400. Beaten down and abused, most of the women by the time they reach age 16 or 17 have had at least one child for an unknown man. The sheer exhaustion and resignation on their faces initially led us to believe that they were at least in their twenties, and our jaws dropped when we discovered just how young they were.

On April 18th (put it in your diary and BB calendar now!), Fashion Auction House together with the Freedom Foundation, will wage war on trafficking in Nigeria, by raising funds and awareness for the women at Genesis House. Every single one of the handbags that we offer up in the live auction and boutique, will be sold 100% for Genesis House’s benefit. And if you doubt us for a second, note that every cheque we collect from buyers on the day, will be written directly to the Freedom Foundation.

If you don’t already know this, the Freedom Foundation is an NGO and a non-profit organisation committed to empowering individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged, through community based programs, like Genesis House and many others. For more information on the work that they do, and to see how you can get involved, please click here. The special projects committee consisting of Adeola Bali, Omome Osime and so many others, are working tirelessly with us on this auction.

‘Eden’, is an auction that we feel very strongly about at Fashion Auction House, and I feel it’s necessary to explain that when I say “we”, I’m not just being a pompous twit who uses the royal “we” :) There is actually a team of fantastic people behind Fashion Auction House, and they will be playing very special roles in getting ‘Eden’ off the ground.

Dammie Amolegbe (Director of fashion e-zine HauTe/ Fashion, Rukky Ladoja (Creative Director of GREY and the columnist behind Rukky’s Frocks in Elan) and Uche Eze (Director of Bella have all gotten knee-deep into ‘Eden’, to the point where I’m beginning to feel like a bit of a lazy bum in comparison.

Alongside them, there will be so many other wonderful individuals working on this too, including Obi Obi (our auctioneer extraordinaire), Omoyemi Akerele (Fashion Editor of True Love Magazine), Didi Ocheja (Creative Director of Didi Isah), Lisa Folawiyo (Creative Director of Jewel by Lisa), Carmen Sutherland (Director of Spark Creative) and of course, the rest of the Ladies’ Night Crew (I love these ladies!)

You’ll be hearing from me very soon, and make sure you JOIN THE MAILING LIST and follow us on our FACEBOOK PAGE to ensure that you don’t miss out on all the action!

Lots of love. Xxx

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  1. J Son

    where are the guys? no offense Obi…;-)

    Apr 09, 2010 @ 1:47 pm