Fashion can help empower women in Africa and lift them out of poverty, the chief technical adviser of the International Trade Center, which promotes “ethical fashion,” said Saturday.

“Fashion can be responsible. . . .We work with people to transform local resources to beautiful fashion products,” Simone Cipriani said at Pacifico Yokohama, at a side event to the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. “It also has to be business, which allows people to be paid in a good way and receive dignity.”

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