Friday, 23 November 2012

Vivienne Westwood for Amnesty International: "Becoming a Punk Was A Call To Arms"

Vivienne Westwood first became a household name when she and Malcolm McLaren invented the punk uniform - an aesthetic which was seen throughout their Let It Rock, SEX, Seditionaries, Pirates, and Buffalo Girls collections, all showcased at the iconic World’s End shop in Chelsea. Now regarded as the Queen of Punk, Westwood has revealed that her decision to become a punk herself, was a “call to arms” in speaking out against war, torture and human rights abuses.

Now appearing in a new film for Amnesty International's annual Write for Rights campaign, the designer has highlighted the importance of empathy and in particular, justice for Azza Suleiman - the Egyptian woman severely beaten by soldiers during a demonstration near Tahrir Square.

“I believe it’s important to help other people…It’s what makes us human", said the designer, "The bravery shown by Azza Suleiman who dared to stand up for another woman who was being beaten, and paid a heavy price in doing so, is both awe-inspiring and humbling.

“Not only has Azza suffered physical trauma at the hands of those who had a basic responsibility to protect her, she suffered a further blow in being denied the justice she is owed. This is shambolic. I urge everyone to be trendsetters for Azza Suleiman. Let’s make it one fashion which everyone will want to follow.”

Watch the film for Amnesty International below, and you can find out more about the Write for Rights Campaign HERE. Sunday 25 November also marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.


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