Monday, May 30, 2011

The Koshish Contest by UNHCR Delhi, India

Under the 'Do 1 Thing for Refugees' initiative UNHCR Delhi has announced the Koshish contest as part of the World Refugee Day commemorations on June 20, 2011. As part of the contest, UNHCR invites designs for ladies' kurtas made by refugee women under the KOSHISH label. The winning designs will find a place in KOSHISH's summer line to be launched on World Refugee Day.

KOSHISH is a small initiative supported by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) India which provides livelihood opportunities to more than 100 refugee women and provides skills training to more than 300 asylum seekers living in New Delhi . KOSHISH products include kurtas, kurtis, tops and artificial jewellery for women, kurtas and shirts for men, bedcovers, cushion covers, mobile phone pouches etc.

As some of you might be aware, refugees do not have the right to work in India although many of them do find work in the informal labour market often working in exploitative conditions. KOSHISH provides a safe working environment for refugees, particularly women, from diverse nationalities such as Myanmar, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran, Iraq etc with heavy family responsibilities and faced with serious employment related protection risks.

Entries may be sent to latest by 10 June 2011.

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