In 2011 VMDO in cooperation with AfricanTide Union e.V. started the Mai-Jobcafe, where women with migration background were explicitly integrated and reintegrated into the job market in NRW.

Since the challenges of women are very enormous, starting with day-care for the children, overcoming language barriers, lack of recognition of qualifications and ends with cultural values of their husbands, it became very interesting for the AfricanTide project team to setup an exemplary working module for some of the women interested in changing their perspectives.

In 2012, AfricanTide in cooperation with VMDO and various partners started a sewing project in Dortmund. It was basically a “do-it-yourself” for women with and without migration background every Saturday.

By the end of 2013, AfricanTide and the participants of the sewing project introduced their long list of homemade garments in the “Dortmunder U” museum under the slogan “Impress Yourself”, therefore attracting the attention of the Chambers of Craftsmanship Dortmund (HWK Dortmund).

In a close cooperation with the Chamber of Crafts Dortmund (HWK Dortmund) in March 2014, AfricanTide was able to launch a nine-month course: “textile design”. The project seeks to help women with migration background obtain a first qualification as seamstress. We would like to celebrate the success of this 22 women that have been able to participate in the project consistently to the end with a fashion show.

In 2014, together with the Chamber of Craftsmanship (HWK Dortmund), VMDO e.V. and its partners we celebrated the success of the various women that participated in the advance module of the project on

Saturday the 29th of November 2014 as from 11:00 hrs
In the Reinoldisaal in Dortmund.
Reinoldistr. 5, 44137 Dortmund

With this event, we celebrate and emphasize the importance of integration even in the job market. We are happy to welcome you with various multicultural activities suitable for the whole family.

What you should expect

  • Textile exhibition
  • Talks and workshops
  • Ceremonial handover of certificates to the graduates of the textile and design program
  • Music and dance from different countries
  • Fashion show and catwalk
  • Exquisite multicultural fashion and accessories for you and your loved ones.

You can buy every exquisite garment or accessory presented by our models on the spot. The revenue will be invested in training materials in 2015.
Come and be part of this grand occasion.

We look forward to welcoming you personally at the Reinoldisaal Dortmund on the 29th of November 2014.

Your AfricanTide-Team

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