How does the personal and global narrative change for a top fashion student whose education and career is interrupted by extreme violence? For Monica Singh, the answer was clear: pursue your education and career, be an example of breaking barriers and moving beyond survivor. Her continued pursuit has led her to aligning her mission with the Sustainable Development Goals incorporating her advocacy via partnerships with global retail and industry fashion brands. And, as the founder of the Mahendra Singh Foundation (MSF), she has joined forces with the Conscious Fashion Campaign to advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) throughout the fashion industry’s local and global events. 

Through her own experience and the work of MSF, Monica has brought her talent combined with her passion for empowering young women survivors with quality education, promoting sustainable social and economic advancement through the focus of one of the planet’s most impactful industries on the Sustainable Development Goals, fashion. With MSF continuing its advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals throughout its education programs, events and retail partnerships, joining forces with the Conscious Fashion Campaign is a natural alliance. 

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, engages global industry events to commit to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative champions fashion as an influential sector to address the world’s most pressing issues and lead a future that leaves no one behind. The campaign is dedicated to driving change through advocacy, education and engagement of industry stakeholders to create a sustainable future for all.

Kerry Bannigan, Founder, Conscious Fashion Campaign, comments: “Monica has long been an advocate in the fashion industry for quality education, sustainability and women’s social and economic empowerment. Combining efforts with her growing portfolio of fashion collaborations enables us to scale our message to drive the Sustainable Development Goals across the sector and highlight the importance of partnerships.”

Monica Singh, Fashion Designer and Founder & President, Mahendra Singh Foundation, adds: “I’m thrilled and excited to join hands with the Conscious Fashion Campaign. This alliance will let me bring my two passions together; empowering young women all over the world and conscious fashion. Together, we will be supporting each other in action in the fashion world towards the Sustainable Development Goals.” 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. These goals identify specific targets related to poverty, inequality, climate, responsible consumption and production, the environment, prosperity, peace and justice.

The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action

About the Mahendra Singh Foundation:

Mahendra Singh Foundation Inc. is 501(c)3 Status Non-Profit Organization founded in 2015, by Ms. Monica Singh and Mr. Nikhil Singh. The foundation gets its name from their father, Late Mr. Mahendra Singh, who devoted his life to helping others. The Mahendra Singh Foundation helps girls and women who are survivors of violence to overcome their obstacles, become self-sufficient and lead a path for local and global sustainable social and economic empowerment. For the survivors, MSF offers hope, support and guidance to help them achieve financial independence and assists in providing academic opportunities that foundationally includes education on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through its alliances, MSF is committed to supporting the Decade of Action to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For more information, visit www.mahendrasinghfoundation.org.

About the Conscious Fashion Campaign: 

The Conscious Fashion Campaign, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, seeks to inspire worldwide prominent fashion industry tradeshows, fashion weeks, conferences and speaker series to implement responsible marketing, operations and logistics that are mindful of social, economic and environmental impact. To achieve the 2030 agenda the Conscious Fashion Campaign, founded by Kerry Bannigan, urges industry event leaders to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, incorporate circular production solutions, highlight key innovations and facilitate knowledge share. The Conscious Fashion Campaign commits to actively support the Decade of Action and Delivery for Sustainable Development by bridging the gap between the United Nations and global major fashion events to enable the Sustainable Development Goals to scale and create multi-stakeholder partnerships with concrete strategies for action. www.consciousfashioncampaign.com 

About the United Nations Office for Partnerships:

The United Nations Office for Partnerships serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs. As a member of the UN Fashion Alliance and the advisor to the Conscious Fashion Campaign, UNOP facilitates awareness, advocacy and engagement to achieve the SDGs within the fashion and textile industry. https://www.un.org/partnerships/