African Fashion Gate signs the X edition of the La Moda Veste la Pace Award
in memory of Vivienne Westwood
Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela honors
Naomi Campbell, Massimo Giannini, Renzo Rosso and Arianna Alessi, Jean-Christophe Babin,
Luisa Panconesi, Piero Piazzi and Massimo Leonardelli
The event was held at Spazio Europa managed by the Office of the European Parliament in Italy and the Representation in Italy of the European Commission
On 21 March at 12:00pm on the "World Day Against Racism" Space Europe, managed by the Office of the European Parliament in Italy and the Representation in Italy of the European Commission, which has its seat in via IV Novembre n.149, was the setting for the X edition of the international award La Moda Veste la Pace conceived by the founder of African Fashion Gate APS Nicola Paparusso and which from the beginning boasts the patronage of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion and the National Anti-Fashion Office Racial discrimination of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The event is in memory of Vivienne Westwood whom Nicola Paparusso and African Fashion Gate knew and valued.
After the welcome by Antonio Parenti, Director of the Italian Representation of the European Commission, Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela and Honorary President of African Fashion Gate, AFG President Marietou Dione rewarded: Naomi Campbell, fashion icon, actress, activist and founder of Fashion For Relief, a nonprofit organization that works with other charities and foundations, for consistently undertaking and supporting a campaign against racism in fashion and beyond. Always inspired by Nelson Mandela, who had dubbed her his honorary granddaughter; Massimo Giannini Director of "La Stampa" for his social sensitivity. "Mobilitating is a duty" is the title of his editorial published on December 7, 2022 with which he promoted a collection of signatures in support of the appeal addressed to Mohammad Reza Sabouri, ambassador to Italy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to the head of the Iranian judiciary and Antonio Tajani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the release of FAHIMEH KARIMI, volleyball coach and mother of three children, Detained and sentenced to death by the regime for kicking a paramilitary Basiji; Renzo Rosso, Founder and President of the OTB Group, and Arianna Alessi, Vice President of the OTB Foundation, because in addition to the many projects they support with their Foundation for Youth, Women and Integration, have worked to welcome Ukrainian refugees in Italy by providing them with accommodation, food, clothing, health care, education and education, until they are incorporated in the company in compliance with all contractual rights; Jean-Christophe Babin Chief Executive Officer of the Bulgari Group for his commitment to promoting the values of equality and diversity, while respecting the highest standards of behaviour; Luisa Panconesi Chair of the UNICEF Event Committee for having carried out important activities to support UNICEF programmes aimed at protecting and guaranteeing the rights of all vulnerable children in the world. In particular, in 2022, it allowed a significant fundraising useful to support UNICEF programs in response to emergencies, with a focus on the Ukrainian and Syrian crises; Piero Piazzi, President of Women Management and Massimo Leonardelli, CEO of Leonardelli PR for their commitment as Ambassador and President of To.Get, respectively. There (the ETS they founded, active in Uganda and South Sudan in aid of orphans and HIV-positive children abandoned and in conditions of extreme poverty thanks to the local support of the Comboni nuns and the residents of the Gemelli Policlinico in Rome. At 10:10 a.m., before the award ceremony, there was be a debate on Benefit & B Corp, a bridge between the company and the third sector. Coexistence of the business with the benefit. A dialogue between politicians, entrepreneurs, researchers and professionals to understand together what are the best paths and best practices to adopt to develop an integration and synergy between profit and non-profit activities. Speakers included, Giandomenico Cressoni Chartered Accountant, Accounting Expert, Legal Auditor, partner Studio Associato Cressoni Ghizzi Zeni who will introduce and moderate; Mauro Del Barba First signatory of the measure on Benefit Companies and President of Assobenefit; Maurizio Zordan CEO of Zordan 1965 Srl, one of the first Italian production companies certified B Corp; Adriano Marsala Benefit Company Expert and B Corp; Valeria Mangani President of the Sustainable fashion innovation society.
African Fashion Gate
With representatives in Europe, Africa, North and South America, it is a permanent laboratory of cultural initiatives and concrete interventions against the surviving forms and episodes of racism, discrimination and exclusion in the world of Fashion, Arts, Entertainment and Sports. For some years now AFG has organized in Brussels at the headquarters of the European Parliament and under its High Patronage and in Rome at the Italian Representation of the European Commission, the Prize La Moda Veste la Pace, a public recognition given to deserving figures in these sectors who have distinguished themselves for their commitment to inclusion or against discrimination and racism. African Fashion Gate also signs the annual Fashion Wear Peace at the Decorative Arts at the Louvre, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, and from January 2019 also in Minsk, Belarus, with the intention of launching an appeal to the authorities to establish an official moratorium on executions and to commute the death sentences of all prisoners on death row.
Fashion Dress the Peace Award
To date, the award has been awarded to icons of the fashion system such as Franca Sozzani, the late director of Vogue Italia, the designers Valentino Garavani, Giorgio Armani, Vivienne Westwood, to the president of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion Carlo Capasa, to Santo Versace and to figures belonging to other sectors such as Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation, Paolo Del Brocco CEO of Rai Cinema, to the Italian-Pakistani journalist Sabika Shah Povia, to the motorcycling world champion Franco Morbidelli, to the Roma player Ebrima Darboe, to the tiktoker Khaby Lame, to the music group Simple Minds and to Makaziwe Mandela daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of South Africa Nelson Mandela who on 18 July 2022 became Honorary President of AFG. The work, designed by Axel P, depicts the silhouette of an African model winged by an olive branch to signify the victory over prejudice and discrimination and reminds us, through the fingerprint of which the body is made, the irrepressible right to our identity. The La Moda Veste la Pace award was designed and realized entirely in Italy by Maestro Davide Simone according to the principles of eco-design and sustainable development and represents, in addition to an award, a commitment to the environment. For further information:www.africanfashiongate.org