On 17 November 2015, the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, the International Trade Centre and UN Global Compact hosted a panel discussion on ‘Sustainable Fashion: Empowering Women in Africa’s Fashion Industry’ at the 4th Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. Speakers discussed how fashion can be a vehicle for women empowerment.

South African designer, Ms. Sindiso Khumalo, and Founder of Lagos Fashion & Design Week, Ms. Omoyemi Akerele were present to provide their point of view on sustainable fashion in Africa. The other speakers included were Ms Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, H.E. Mr Roderick van Schreven, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, Ms Elena Bombis, Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, UN Global Compact, Mr Auret van Heerden, Labour Expert & President and Founder of Equiception, and Ms Monique Gieskes, Vlisco Group Director Brand Protection. Mr. Simone Cipriani moderated the sustainable fashion panel.