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On April 27th, 2023, MoTiv hosted a thought-provoking event called Kwetu Kwanza, meaning “Ours First.” This event brought together fashion designers, entrepreneurs, activists, and sustainability advocates to discuss the role of the fashion industry in promoting sustainable futures and civic change. Organized by IGC Fashion in collaboration with local fashion brand IGC Fashion, the event aimed to explore how fashion can raise awareness and inspire action towards positive civic transformation.

As the world becomes increasingly aware of the need for social and environmental responsibility, the fashion industry has a unique opportunity to contribute to civic change. The Conversation Lounge, also known as #CivicArtTalks, was a key highlight of the event. It featured a panel of esteemed experts who shared their insights and experiences on the intersection between fashion and civic engagement.

The panel comprised influential figures from different backgrounds, including Silus Babaluku, founder of Bavubuka Foundation, Samantha B. Kabahuma from MoTiv, Dr. Anastasia Mirzoyants, Co-Founder and CEO of Glitter Trotter LTD, Nanyonjo Lynette, who expertly moderated the discussion, and Kajimu Michael, Director of Records Fashion School. Each panelist brought their unique perspectives and expertise to shed light on the topic at hand.

Sustainability was a key theme of the conversation. Panelists discussed the importance of sustainable fashion practices and their potential to promote social and environmental responsibility. From ethical sourcing and production to promoting circular economies and reducing waste, the fashion industry can play a vital role in shaping a more sustainable future.

The panelists also emphasized the power of fashion as a tool for social justice and community building. Fashion can be a vehicle for expressing one’s identity, celebrating cultural diversity, and challenging social norms. By promoting inclusivity and equality, the fashion industry can foster a sense of belonging and unity within communities, encouraging dialogue and civic engagement.

Furthermore, the discussion touched upon the global impact of fashion and its potential to drive activism. Panelists highlighted the influence of fashion in raising awareness about important social and environmental issues, creating a platform for individuals to express their values and advocate for change. Through collaborations, campaigns, and conscious consumer choices, fashion can be a catalyst for global civic engagement.

The Kwetu Kwanza event aimed to inspire attendees to consider the impact of their fashion choices. By highlighting the role of fashion in civic change, the event encouraged participants to make conscious decisions when it comes to clothing, supporting sustainable brands, and advocating for responsible fashion practices. The panel discussion served as a starting point for meaningful dialogue and personal reflection on how individuals can contribute to positive civic change through their fashion choices.

Kwetu Kwanza provided a platform for insightful discussions on the role of the fashion industry in promoting civic change. Through the Intersection of Fashion and Civic Change panel, industry experts and community leaders explored sustainable fashion practices, social justice, community building, and global activism. The event aimed to inspire attendees to make conscious fashion choices and contribute to positive civic transformation. By recognizing the power of fashion as a tool for change, we can collectively work towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and socially responsible future.