Phoebe Dahl Seriously Gets the Power of School Uniforms
For some, a school uniform is a kind of sartorial death. For others, namely girls in Nepal, it’s the only way to get access to an education, and Phoebe Dahl facilitates this—how commendable is that?—by donating one ready-for-the-classroom getup for every piece purchased from her quietly sophisticated line Faircloth & Supply. Below, the scoop on how this initiative came to be.
“Sex trafficking is one of the bigger issues that girls face in Nepal. I asked if girls in uniform were ever approached by traffickers, and they explained how the uniform protects them from traffickers—traffickers tend not to target girls in uniforms as they know that these girls possess a strong will and confidence, largely due to their education.”
“I don’t want to—and can’t—change the world, or Nepal for that matter, but I do want to bring these girls to their dreams of becoming whatever it is they want to be and to give them safety in their communities. This all starts with an education and more specifically a uniform—this is where I come in.”
“As of now, GWP has 76 girls groups in Nepal, with 15 members per group. The groups give young girls the power and support to stand up for themselves, a power found in numbers that creates a unity that no man can infiltrate. I can’t undo or try to change Nepal’s 300-year-long history of trafficking, but I can make a change and a difference from this day forward.”