Debra Salvagno

Debra Salvagno

Founder


ETWA (East Timorese Women Australia)

Melbourne, Victoria AUS


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.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Worked in fashion and interior design but kept thinking, "What is all of this for? This is so insignificant."
In 1975, Indonesia launched a brutal military invasion of Timor; lasted 24 years and was incredibly brutal.
In 2003, Debra went there to see if there was anything she could do to help out.
Had been overwhelmed by the meaninglessness of her life's work and the field of fashion in general.
Finding a way to put her knowledge of textiles to good use allowed her to come out on the other side and realize she could make a difference.
The EWTA supports Timorese women by teaching them how to hand weave and sell various crafts.
By training these women and giving them a source of income, ETWA plants the seeds of self-sustaining communities in Timor.
Encourages everyone to learn about their heritage, think of ways that they can put their skills to use for the greater good.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Community Organization and Advocacy
Victoria University, Australia
Career

Career

Founder

I'm passionate about women’s empowerment and community development to support women in East Timor.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Fashion
Fashion
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People
Helping People