“We Are Not a Fashion Brand”: This Nonprofit is Helping Women in Juarez Through Garment Production

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In late January, protestors took to a streets of Juarez, Mexico, and chanted “not one more.” They lifted their voices after Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre, a 26-year-old internal artist and romantic was murdered, shot while cycling home. Her genocide reignited regard about a decades-long emanate of assault opposite women, or “femicides,” in a city of Juarez. According to a 2018 news by RFK Human Rights and a Center for Women’s Holistic Development, from 1985 to 2014 there were 47,178 women killed in Juarez; final year, between Jan and July, 540 murders were recorded. This information doesn’t comment for a daily acts of assault opposite women, or a kidnappings of women and immature girls that are prevalent in this partial of Mexico.

Jane Terrazas grew adult in Juarez, witnessing a taste and assault opposite women firsthand. Today, she is an artist and activist, and a organizer with Veronica Corchado and Lise Bjorne Linnert of a nonprofit classification Ni En More, a amicable creation plan merging domestic activism, fashion, and art. Currently, a classification employs 10 women in a categorical studio and 6 women and trans women in a delegate studio on a hinterland of a city. They learn settlement cutting, sewing, peculiarity control, shipping, and plant-based dyeing for a production of worldly colored frocks, farmer blouses, shoulder bags, and, in a new addition, fabric masks.

How The Nonprofit Fashion Concept Ni En More is Helping Women Escape Violence in Juarez Mexico
Photo: Manny Jorquera
How The Nonprofit Fashion Concept Ni En More is Helping Women Escape Violence in Juarez Mexico
Photo: Manny Jorquera

A sheer contrariety to a many factories in Juarez that are run by general companies, Ni En More is a intentionally slow-fashion operation. Its employees are paid sincerely for their work and if their home conditions is quite dangerous, a group arranges shelter. “We are not a conform brand,” Terrazas says. “Our panoply are recognised in sequence to emanate awareness, fairness, and hope. They are black of a quarrel to finish assault opposite women.” Though a operations are comparatively tiny during a moment, a Ni En More group is anticipating that women in Juarez and opposite Mexico will replicate a model. “Ni En More can't assuage a systematic amicable problems and a violence,” says Terrazas. “But we can emanate improved conditions for growth and change. We trust that mercantile autonomy for women is a initial step in giving them a leisure they need to make decisions for themselves, thereby assisting them face and better a hurdles of abuse and violence.”

How The Nonprofit Fashion Concept Ni En More is Helping Women Escape Violence in Juarez Mexico
Photo: Manny Jorquera
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