A Common Thread: An Embroidery Empowerment Activity
VOW for Girls offers companies meaningful employee engagement opportunities that promote team building while raising awareness about the issue of child marriage.
Our new embroidery event, A Common Thread allows even those who are new to embroidery and sewing to create a beautiful keepsake while learning more about VOW’s commitment to ensuring that every girl can choose love on her own terms.
A Common Thread creates a connection to our work through a shared activity and directly ties to the work of many of the grassroots organizations we support around the world that aim to improve the livelihoods of girls and young women through training in seamstressing, tailoring, craft making and more.
VOW grantee, Junta de Mujeres Mamá Tingó in the Dominican Republic teaches doll making – an opportunity for girls to learn an income-generating transferable skill in a fun and supportive environment. Photo credit: Ed Kashi/VOW for Girls
Developed in partnership with our friends at WeHero, the activity takes one hour and can be done with groups of all sizes as an in-person, virtual or hybrid experience.
An embroidery kit is provided with all necessary materials, including a simple pattern and a link to video instructions. The hour-long session includes a sewing demonstration as well as introductory information about the issue of child marriage, positive stories of VOW’s impact and ways to take action are shared with the group.
Each participant receives an individual kit to create this simple yet powerful craft project.
The final embroidery product can be used as wall art, sewn onto a bag or pillow, used as a desk keepsake or gifted to continue spreading the word and raising awareness!
The best part: The purchase of each participant’s kit includes a donation equivalent to one month of a girl’s school fees.
About VOW for Girls
From wedding registry donations to partner product purchases, everything donated to VOW (that’s 100% of donations!) goes directly to community-driven efforts to help girls around the world. Our grantees, which are mainly women-led local organizations, use the funding we provide to directly support girls.
Twelve million girls a year, some as young as 8, become child brides. VOW is a global movement of the wedding industry community, partners and couples who are dedicated to a world where no child is ever a bride and where every girl has the chance to live the life she loves.
If you’re in the wedding industry and you’re interested in becoming involved, please find more wedding inspiration and advice in our blog, consider becoming a VOW Pro partner and learning more about VOW’s mission to end child marriage. If you’re an engaged couple and want to learn more about supporting VOW, please visit our couples page. We can’t wait to see what good we can do together!