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Unilever’s Fair & Lovely Alliance and DFWAC showcase highlights of successful partnership program

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 1, 2012 – Unilever’s Fair & Lovely and the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) today announced the success of their joint vocational training program.

Senior members of Unilever and DFWAC were present today at a press conference in Kempinski Hotel Dubai to showcase the women’s latest achievements obtained through their participation in the program and announce the extension of the partnership. Instituted in 2010, the program which was set up to help empower female victims of violence has seen 92% of women in the Foundation participate in this program. The range of sessions implemented within the program have included: English language lessons; arts and crafts; sewing; physical activity and hair and make-up with classes being conducted every quarter.

Set up with the objective of making the world a fairer place for women who have been victims of abuse and violence in Dubai, the partnership has sought to restore the confidence and self-esteem in victims of violence and in turn, empower them through education, employment and the provision of life-skills training to realize their potential to achieve success.

Speaking at the press conference today, Mr. Madhusudhan Rao, Vice President Marketing, Unilever NAME of Unilever Gulf, said: “The work done in empowering these victims of violence stems from Unilever’s commitment towards contributing positively towards the communities we operate in. At Unilever we strongly believe that education is a key pillar that can help empower women by making them capable and thus restoring their self esteem. Unilever is proud to have partnered with DFWAC, a foundation that displays true passion and drive to help women who are victims of domestic violence.”

Additionally, Mrs. Afra Al Basti, Director General of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, said: “With the empowerment of women at its core, DFWAC was able to partner with Unilever through its Fair & Lovely Alliance and align both organizations’ objectives under a common goal: to protect, educate and rebuild the esteem of less fortunate women in Dubai.

The two year partnership was an absolute success and we were humbled to see the victims of violence at the Foundation developing life-long skills that will allow them to provide for themselves and families. We are privileged to partner with the Fair & Lovely Alliance and look forward to a bright future where women are nurtured and empowered to rediscover themselves.”

Fair & Lovely Alliance

The Fair & Lovely Alliance, a social initiative of Unilever, has a vision to enable a billion women in Asia, Middle East and Africa to carve out destinies that transform their lives to help realize their potential to achieve success.

Operational since 2003, the Fair & Lovely Alliance social initiatives have been empowering women to change their destinies through education, career guidance and skills training. Beginning in India, the initiative was later extended to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and has since 2010 been introduced in the U.A.E.

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with operations in over 100 countries and sales in 180. Consumers buy 170 billion Unilever packs around the world every year, and our products are used over two billion times a day. We have more than 171,000 employees, and generated annual sales of €46.5 billion in 2011.

Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known and most loved brands including twelve €1 billion brands, and global leadership in most categories in which we operate. Our portfolio features iconic brands such as: Lipton, Dove, Vaseline, Sunsilk, Lifebuoy, Signal, Close-Up, Rexona, Axe Lux, Comfort & Knorr.

Unilever’s ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental impact (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal). We are also committed to doing what we can to improve health, nutrition and hygiene, with a target to help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, as well as sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020. All of these goals are itemised in around 60 time-based commitments in our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Unilever has led the Food Producers sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 13 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2011 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard and was named #1 in the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders according to the latest survey findings from GlobeScan Inc. and SustainAbility Ltd.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com

About Dubai Foundation for women & children (DFWAC)

Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) is the first licensed nonprofit shelter and rehabilitative facility in the UAE for women and children victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and trafficking. 

Through a culturally-relative human rights framework and in line with internationally recognized shelter standards, the Foundation takes a best practices approach to delivering social services. It was established in July 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in accordance with international human rights obligations which the government adheres to through the ratification of the UN Women and Children’s Convention.

DFWAC aims to empower families and support society by protecting physically, sexually, and emotionally abused women and children. DFWAC strives to prevent ongoing abuse and the escalation of violence, and promote social awareness through education and outreach.

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