Debra's Open Road
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Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Public Television: Season Five
ETWA (East Timorese Women Australia)
fashion design, heritage, human rights, interior design, justification, meaning, military invasion, poverty, significance, textiles, Timor, war
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.