The fashion industry has an important chapter in the history of women's struggle for financial emancipation and the conquest of space in the labor market. They occupy most of the positions in all sectors of the textile industry. From creation to confection, from coordination to commercialization, they represent 75% of the sector's workforce."

Associação Brasileira da Indústria Têxtil


Associação das Mulheres Indígenas Tikuna-AMIT - Amazonas - BRL 40.000,00

With the project "Rescue of the Tikuna Indigenous Fashion", the group will unite fashion production, environmental education, and the rescue of ancestrality, promoting responsible fashion that embraces everything from production to the training of indigenous models.

Vai Ter Gorda - Bahia - BRL 40.000,00

The project "Towels for ALL", proposes to launch a collection of sustainable bath towels, from creation to confection, in real body sizes, based on the concepts of inclusive and responsible fashion.

Adeva - Associação de Deficientes Visuais e Amigos - São Paulo - BRL 50.000,00

Inclusive fashion for visually impaired women; is the goal of the project "Feeling and Wearing - Conscious and Inclusive Fashion", which focuses on autonomy, education, and preparation for the labor market.

Associação Artístico-Cultural Odeart - Bahia - BRL 50.000,00

The group promotes actions for empowerment and confrontation of violence against women and political representativeness. With the project "Cabuleiras: fashion as a black collective enterprise of women from Cabula", courses will be offered for the elaboration of business plans and the production of items, as well as workshops for fashion shows, a fair, and a photographic exhibition.

Associação de Mulheres Indígenas Suraras do Tapajós - Pará - BRL 50.000,00

The association, which works to combat violence and racism against indigenous women, will hold the "Borari Ethno-Confection", an inclusive fashion project that aims to strengthen the culture of native populations and memory preservation for future generations through fashion.

Associação de Travestis e Transexuais Potiguares na Ação pela Coerência no Rio Grande do Norte - ATTRANSPARÊNCIA-RN - Rio Grande do Norte - BRL 50.000,00

The project "Hands that Overflow Fashion", will promote inclusive fashion through a clothing collection designed for trans people. The collection will be presented in itinerant fashion shows in several cities of Rio Grande do Norte.

Daspu - Rio de Janeiro - BRL 50.000,00

Focused on inclusive and responsible fashion, with the project "Daspu, fashion to TransForm", the group intends to gather sex workers from the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, to conduct workshops to prepare them for the work. Among the themes, training in cutting and sewing; collection development, and the DASPU brand.

Ilê Omolu e Oxum - Rio de Janeiro - BRL 50.000,00

The group develops actions to confront domestic violence and religious racism. With the project "Moda de Terreiro - fair and inclusive", the group will publish a fashion catalog, with esthetically motivated pieces inspired by both religions of African origin and modern Afro-ethnic culture.

Namah - Rio de Janeiro - BRL 50.000,00

The "Libertas" project promotes inclusive fashion for women released from the prison system, through educational projects in fashion and social entrepreneurship.

OSC Mulheres Guerreiras de Camaragibe - Pernambuco - BRL 50.000,00

In the project "Re-signifying fashion from the inclusion of women, trans, black, fat, and transvestites* as protagonists in the production and use", the group that acts against domestic violence, will seek to promote an inclusive fashion, promoting the training of seamstresses and artisans of different ages in the fashion of traditional festivals, linked to carnival associations, June dancing groups.

Rede Capacitrans RJ - Rio de Janeiro – BRL 50.000,00

Rescuing autonomy, training, and job opportunities are the focus of the project "Trans Forming in Fashion with Capacitrans RJ II", which seeks to promote a fairer, inclusive, and responsible fashion, including different bodies and identities in the fashion production line.

Instituto Feminista Jarede Viana - Alagoas - BRL 70.000,00

The project "AFRO-IN Fashion - Hands that transform dreams into art", will hold exchanges of experience and practical workshops on inclusive fashion and e-commerce for black and indigenous women, including those who have been released from the prison system, are serving open or semi-open sentences, or are being electronically monitored.

Antônias e Chicas - A rede de mulheres quilombolas do Gurutuba e Alto Jequitinhonha - Minas Gerais - BRL 100.000,00

With the project "Antônias and Chicas: handicrafts shaping life and creating a network of quilombola and extractivist women from Gurutuba and Alto Jequitinhonha", the group will hold training courses, exchanges, and improvement of responsible fashion techniques.

Associação de Arte e Cultura Negra Ara Dudu/Rede OBIRIN - Rio Grande do Sul - BRL 100.000,00

Formed in 2014, the organization is a reference in the fight against structural racism in the South of Brazil. With the project "Obirin - Women Networking and Changing Stories," they highlight the influence of Afro-Brazilian culture in connection with the preservation of the environment.

CEMIR - Centro da Mulher Imigrante e Refugiada - São Paulo - BRL 100.000,00

The project led by and for immigrant women will highlight the protagonism of immigrant women in the fashion industry with workshops on topics such as pet fashion, trans fashion, entrepreneurship, and handicrafts.

Comércio Trucss Moda Inteligente Ltda - São Paulo - BRL 100.000,00

Inclusive fashion and health care for the trans population work hand in hand in this project, which aims to bring dignity, health, and well-being through clothing. The project includes a course to train women to make lingerie for trans people.

Equal Moda Inclusiva - Rio de Janeiro - BRL 100.000,00

The inclusive fashion project "Flash Mobs: Women with Disabilities in Fashion and Life" will bring together a group of women with disabilities to perform flash mob style presentations in public spaces, with costumes from second-hand stores and other upcycling spaces.

Liga Transforma - Bahia - BRL 100.000,00

The group works with a focus on responsible fashion and understands textile waste as a potential prime material. The project "LIGA TRANSFORMA. #FashionThatTransforms", will set up a workshop-school for peripheral women inserted in the textile chain.

Perifa Brechó - Distrito Federal - BRL 100.000,00

Promoting the concept of slow fashion, the "Ateliê Perifa" project focuses on responsible fashion and will enable a collaborative space to house different second-hand shops, boosting the development of a fashion made in and by the periphery.

TRASHrealoficial - São Paulo - BRL 100.000,00

With the project "LEVANTE TRASHrealoficial", the organization formed by transvestigêneres** women and non-binary people was selected to promote responsible fashion through its sustainable fashion collection.

Zwanga African Fashion - Amapá - BRL 100.000,00

Working with Afro plus size fashion in the extreme North of Brazil, the "Afroperiphery Fashion" project will boost inclusive fashion training activities in several aspects, from the production line to the fashion shows.

*Brazilian identity concerning the biological male sex individual who wears female clothing and adopts female forms of gender expression but who does not necessarily want to change original characteristics.

**Term that unites the meaning of the words transvestite*, transsexual and transgender.

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Created in 2016, from a partnership between the Renner Institute, the social pillar of the fashion company, and UN Women, the EMPODERA Call for Proposals distributed more than BRL 1 million to support 15 initiatives of productive groups focused on gender equality in the value chain of the textile industry and income generation. In the first edition, more than a thousand women were impacted by the call for proposals.

ELAS+ integrates this second edition of EMPODERA, which is more robust. There will be more than BRL 2 million of total investment in the initiative, with BRL 1.5 million going directly to 20 groups that work to transform the lives of women and trans people through fair, inclusive, and responsible fashion projects.