Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother”

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Call for Application

Who can apply?

All African Fashion Students and Designers are invited to create and share designs to deliver strong and influential messages to raise awareness about Infertility Prevention, Breaking Infertility stigma, and/or Empowering Girls and Women through Education.

Last Date of Submission - 30th August 2021

How to Apply?

Please share your original sketches as attachment(s) on: submit@merck-foundation.com

The subject line of the mail should mention: Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2021

Please specify your Name, Country, Institution Name, and Contact details in the mail.

 

Merck Foundation Fashion Awards "More Than a Mother" Committee:

The committee is formed to select the winners in an unbiased manner, based on evaluating the practicality of including clear and simple messages to sensitize the communities about breaking the stigma of infertility and/or empowering women & girls through education, in each design in line with the objectives of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother campaign to raise awareness within the communities.

Chaired by:
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation and
President of Merck Foundation More than a Mother

Members:
Leonard Saika
Merck Foundation Program Senior Director

Mehak Handa
Merck Foundation Communication Manager

Kanaga Janani Chandrasekaran
Merck Foundation Community Awareness Coordinator

Linda Aryeetey
Merck Foundation Communication and Community Awareness Manager

Winners will be notified personally via email, followed by a press release for public announcement and on the Merck Foundation and partners website and social media channels.

As part of Merck Foundation Community Awareness campaign, ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Awards was launched in Zambia and Ghana in 2019, to involve the local fashion industry with the aim to create new fashion trends which deliver strong and influential messages to empower infertile and childless women and say ‘No to Infertility Stigma’, as well as to create a meaningful fashion trend to educate their communities that ‘Fertility is a Shared Responsibility’ and men should support their wives and join them during treatment journey.

 

A Message from Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation, for Merck More Than a Mother Fashion Awards 2019

Fashion Students from Fashion institutes and colleges were invited to create a design with the aim to deliver strong and influential messages to empower infertile women and say, “No to Infertility Stigma”.

Fashion is a powerful tool to empower women and it is a rising industry in Africa, which attracts and involved a huge number of young talents in Africa who we can leverage to realize our vision.

In 2019, we have announced the winners of the Fashion awards of Zambia and Ghana in partnership with Zambia Fashion week and the Accra Technical Institute and College of Creative Design of Ghana in addition to the First ladies of Ghana and Zambia.


Watch the Video – Merck More Than a Mother Fashion Award winners 2019, Ghana

The call for application for the ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Fashion Award was announced during the Merck More than a Mother Media training in each country and through the website and social media of each partner. The call for application was also announced through Merck Foundation social media and through a public press release.

Ghana Fashion Award winners were announced during Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Ghana while the Zambia Fashion Award winners were announced during the Zambia Fashion week, both in October 2019!

The Merck Foundation Fashion Awards Committee has selected the winners based on how strong and effective the community awareness messages included in each design which is the main purpose of the campaign.

Winners of Merck More Than a Mother Fashion Awards 2019, Ghana

  1. Mr. ERIC GRUNDBERRY AIDOO
  2. Ms. KEZIAH ANSAH-MENSAH
  3. Ms. AUGUSTINA ANNAN
  4. Mr. BOYE DOE DAVID KUSI
  5. Ms. SOLACE SAKAH
  6. Mr. JACOB ADJETEY

Click here to view the winners and their designs. 
 


Watch the Video – Merck More Than a Mother Fashion Award winners 2019, Ghana

Winners of Merck More Than a Mother Fashion Awards 2019, Zambia 

  1. Ms. KASONDE NKOLE
  2. Ms. VARINDER KAUR VIRDY
  3. Mr. GIBSTAR MAKANGLIA
  4. Ms. KASONDE MAKANGLIA
  5. Ms. CHIMWEMWE KALIRANI     
  6. Ms. SAANDIME SHISHOLEKA


Ms. Kasonde Nkole, First Winner with the Model exhibiting outfit designed by her during the Zambia Fashion Week


Ms. Varinder Kaur Virdy , Second Winner with the Model exhibiting outfit designed by her during the Zambia Fashion Week, 2019