On 10TH September 2014 Vlisco Group, ProLink Organisation and Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design Accra launched the Vlisco Tailor Academy Ghana: an integrated tailoring education program for talented, underprivileged and motivated girls to reach their financial autonomy. An induction ceremony was organised at the premises of The Tex Styles Ghana Ltd, Tema to celebrate these selected young women to becoming part of this yearlong training program. Contributions from among others keynote speaker Mrs. Ellen Hagan, Patron of the Vlisco Tailor Academy Ghana and MD L’aine Services, JOYCE ABABIO, CEO, Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design, MONIQUE GIESKES, Group CSI Director) and Kofi Boateng, MD VLISCO Ghana. Also in attendance, was the Dutch Ambassador to Ghana and Executive board members of Vlisco Ghana.

Investment in women
The Vlisco Tailor Academy connects the know-how on fashion education of Joyce Ababio College with the business activities of Vlisco Group. This partnership facilitates Ghanaian fashion talent and integrates education, funding, coaching and employment in an integrated training program. For Vlisco Group, the investment in the African fashion world and the empowerment of women, are the drivers for a long lasting initiative: creating a platform that connects African’s fashion talent and creativity with the knowledge and activities of Vlisco Group in the African and global fashion world.

Daring to be the change
Mrs. Ellen Hagan, former winner of the Vlisco’s Women’s Month Award (2013), is Patron of the Vlisco Tailor Academy. As being the example of a woman who has the faith and courage to realise her dreams, she was the keynote speaker at the induction ceremony:’ “We need a progressive mentality for women’s empower and leadership. We need to, “Dare to be the Change”, “force a change” where necessary. To “dare” means to take risks, to step out of our comfort zones, to let hope triumph fear and learning conquer ignorance. Ultimately, daring to be the change means facilitating women through learning, labour, and leadership. These are the “3 L’s” of women’s empowerment.”