At the center of the program is Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program, which will expand to provide education and training to even more of the women who make the company’s clothes. One Stitch Closer will share the stories, ideas, accomplishments and challenges of these women and other change agents, who focus on making themselves and the world better every day.
Tribute on March 8
To that end, One Stitch Closer will include the release of a six-part eponymous film series by director/cinematographer Rachel Morrison featuring six exceptional women. The films are very personal and emotional portraits that will inspire viewers to do more to ensure that women have every opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Among others, the series features a garment worker and P.A.C.E. program participant from Indonesia, a poet and youth advocate from Los Angeles, and a 19-year-old woman who is using her passion for science and technology to better detect breast cancer. By “stitching” the individual films together into a year-long series, these personal journeys remind us that women are the very fabric that keeps the world together. Starting in early March, the films will be available for viewing at Good.is, Gap.com and youtube.com/gap.
“When a woman moves ahead, we all do,” says Seth Farbman, Gap Global chief marketing officer. “This program is a small step to creating big change. By inspiring each other every day, we get one stitch closer to a brighter world.”
As a tribute on March 8, Gap will change all logos on Gap.com and the Gap social channels to purple, the official color of International Women’s Day. Additionally, Gap will create and sell a special edition purple t-shirt featuring a quote by poet and film subject, Azure Antoinette: “The way to inspire change, is to recognize the wisdom of a woman.”
Gap will donate $10,000 from the sale of this merchandise to CARE, a P.A.C.E. partner that provides implementation and training support for the program. The T-shirt will be available on Gap.com and in select U.S. stores on March 8.
In 2007, Gap Inc. launched P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) for the women that make our clothes. Through P.A.C.E., women gain the life skills education and technical training needed to advance at work and in life. Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. operates in seven countries and, to date, more than 25,000 women have participated in the program. In 2013, the program expanded to 24 villages throughout India and Cambodia where women could benefit from the education and training. Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. will continue to expand in 2014, including into communities in Bangladesh, Haiti, and Indonesia. bewhatspossible.com/pace.
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year CARE worked in 84 countries and reached 83 million people around the world. www.care.org.