Fashion Beyond Borders: Project Peace Runway

Categories: Regional Policy Video,Small Grantee Features

Peace Runway is a project by Women’s Digital League in partnership with Aghaez Professional Services and supported by Hollings Center for International Dialogue and US Embassy Kabul. For more information on the project: http://peacerunway.com.

Peace Runway was attended by over 130 people from different walks of life ranging from media personnel, to MNC professionals, bureaucrats, individuals from the development sector. The fashion show was hosted by popular RJ and event host Sophiya Anjam. Makeup and hair was done by Meraki Beauty Salon and Spa. Models included influencers from social media, tech entrepreneurs, working moms, and journalists besides two well-known professional models.

The dresses received a very positive reaction from the audience who waited eagerly foreach new piece as the models walked the ramp. Chief Guest for the evening, Sahar Atif, is a well-known and respected name in the Pakistani fashion industry and regularly exhibits at the Bridal Couture Week and the Fashion Week, two of the largest fashion events in the country. She emphasized the need for more collaborations across the borders and assured of her support.

Parwarish Oryakhail, President of the newly established Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry shared her thoughts and urged everyone to work on peace building.

Faiza Mujahid, a well-known singer who has also performed on platforms like Coke Studio, sang some of her famous numbers to keep the audience entertained as the models changed backstage from Jamdaani into Rada Akbar’s creations.

Below are some thoughts shared by some of the program’s guests:

“Celebrating the similarities between our shared cultural heritage was the best way I could spend my leisurely Saturday evening. Congratulations to the Women’s Digital League, the partners, designers and the many people behind the scenes who believed in the vision behind
the Peace Runway and made it a reality.”
Zeeshan Suhail
Corporate Affairs Manager PepsiCo Pakistan

“It was amazing to sit at the fashion runway and experience a PakAfghan collaboration of fashion, culture and music. This is a relationship that in the ethnic sense is historic but divided by modern day borders.It is absolutely essential that we embrace our cultural roots while tailoring our national identities into a colorful vibrant mix of renewed bonds that transcends borders and showcases a solid image of PakAfghan solidarity on the international stage.”
Shahzada Izmerai Munim Durrani
Chief Executive DeliveTree | Founder & Director Amazing Afghanistan