In recognition of International Women’s Day, FEED and Monica Singh, a survivor of violence and founder of the Mahendra Singh Foundation (MSF), are coming together to release the FEED x Monica Singh Collection. Featuring two limited-edition styles, the special bag collection raises awareness of gendered violence and empowers survivors, with funds going to MSF to help support scholarship programs for victims of violence.
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
“I designed these bags with my whole heart, knowing that each sold will directly impact girls and women who are survivors and need our support to thrive,” said Monica Singh. “I am thrilled to partner with FEED and reveal the collection on International Women’s Day, because it is a pivotal moment as a collective society to come together and celebrate women, gender equality and work to prevent further violence.”
True to FEED’s model, the collection will also fight childhood hunger, by helping to provide school meals to kids in need around the world. Building upon the collection’s impact, both bags are entirely handmade and hand-beaded by a female artisan collective in India called Projecthrive, providing livelihoods, training and fair wages for at-risk women in New Delhi.
“FEED is honored to partner with Monica Singh, a courageous survivor and vivacious fashion designer,” said Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder & CEO of FEED. “By purchasing one of these bags, customers will be joining the movement toward gender equality, raising awareness of gendered violence, and ultimately advocating for a safer world for women, on International Women’s Day 2020 and beyond.”
MSF is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by Monica Singh and her brother, Nikhil Singh. MSF gets its name from their father, the late Mr. Mahendra Singh who devoted his life to helping others and stood tall and strong when his daughter, Monica, was burned with acid, giving her the courage to go on and pursue her goals and dreams.
Recently Monica Singh and MSF, joined the Conscious Fashion Campaign in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, to support each other in action in the fashion world towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED in 2007 after seeing the reality of childhood hunger firsthand, while traveling with the World Food Programme. She created the first FEED Bag as a tangible way for her peers to get involved. To this day, every product features a number, representing the number of school meals donated with its purchase.
The FEED x Monica Singh Tote will provide 50 school meals, as well as donate funds to MSF. The FEED x Monica Singh Pouch will provide 25 school meals and donate funds to MSF. To purchase a bag or donate, visit feedprojects.com.
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 achieve their full potential. MSF offers hope, support and guidance to help survivors achieve financial independence and assists in providing scholarships to pursue a range of academic courses that are not restricted to engineering and medicine, in India and abroad. For more information, visit www.mahendrasinghfoundation.org.
FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, making products that help feed the children of the world. Across a variety of categories, from bags to jewelry to home goods, the sale of each FEED product provides direct meal donations to children in need across the globe. Through on-the-ground partners, FEED has provided more than 110 million meals to-date since 2007. To learn more and shop, visit www.feedprojects.com.
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/