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These 5 Australian fashion labels are donating 100 per cent of their sales today to charities in Afghanistan

IMAGE VIA @MATINSTUDIO/INSTAGRAM

WORDS BY NATASHA SCHAPOVA

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For today only, a group of Australian fashion labels are donating 100 per cent of their sales to charities in support of the victims of the evolving crisis in Afghanistan.

All proceeds from August 20 sales for Matin Studio, Esse Studios, Natasha Schweitzer, Auteur Studio, and Casacatinella will be donated to two organisations with direct on-ground resources for women, men and children in need.


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One of the charities, Too Young to Wed, is working to safely evacuate Afghan females and their families who are deemed to be at high risk, including journalists, translators and humanitarian aid workers. The evacuation will save women’s rights activists from the expected punishment of violence, persecution and death.

The second is the Flyaway: Emergency Afghan Rescue Mission, raising money for fuel to increase the amount of returning planes to Afghanistan. This will allow for more Afghan men and women who are considered to be high-value targets, due to their work as human rights lawyers, champions of women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, journalists, government liaisons, artists, and interpreters, to seek asylum.

From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban was known for its repressive regime. It enforced a strict interpretation of Sharia Law which denied women the right to work and to receive an education and punished people for crimes via public execution for murder, stonings for adultery, and amputations for theft.

The takeover of the Taliban following the collapse of the Afghan government on August 15 has brought much uncertainty to the country and its citizens, who are unsure of what the future will hold.

The collapse came after the US withdrew their troops from Afghanistan in recent months, prompting the Taliban to take control of its first province at the start of August, followed by the capital, Kabul, less than ten days later.

This year, more than 330,000 Afghans have been displaced, fleeing to other provinces or neighbouring countries. But women will face the brunt of the change in leadership, with many already being denied entry into their workplaces and universities.

The Taliban has insisted that women will not be subject to violence and can involve themselves in society within the bounds of Islamic law.

What exactly this means, remains unknown. But in the female-driven industry that is fashion, with women making up over 80 per cent of garment workers, these Australian brands are determined to give back in support of the people in Afghanistan.

So go ahead and add to cart – you can be certain that every dollar spent with these labels today is helping those who need it the most.

To learn more about the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan, head here.

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