Debra's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Melbourne, Victoria Australia

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 5

DEBRA SALVAGNO

Founder
ETWA (East Timorese Women Australia)

“I've been doing stuff in East Timor for 10 years…and I don't feel any less passionate or committed to it than I did 10 years ago because it's something that's in my heart now.”

INTERESTS:

Fashion Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Experience Fulfillment Values

TAGS:

fashion design, heritage, human rights, interior design, justification, meaning, military invasion, poverty, significance, textiles, Timor, war

BIOGRAPHY:

Working in fashion and interior design, Debra often questioned her profession. Compared to the immense humanitarian issues facing the world, the commercial textile industries felt meaningless. Debra had followed the brutal 24-year conflict in East Timor and in 2003, she packed her bags in hopes of helping out. She put her experience in textiles to use in East Timor and helped found ETWA to support East Timorese women through community oriented programs, particularly in the handcrafts industry.

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