SEATTLE — Actress Robin Wright brings relief to Congolese women, through her exclusive line of women’s sleepwear, Pour Les Femmes.
From the devoted Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride, to the ruthless Claire Underwood in the acclaimed Netflix drama, House of Cards, Robin Wright has captivated generations of Americans. Aside from acting, Wright is a passionate humanitarian and advocate. She is a passionate campaigner for women’s issues and has put her beliefs into practice.
In 2014, Wright and lifelong friend and designer Karen Fowler, launched Pour Les Femmes, a socially conscious woman’s sleepwear company which donates all of its profits to partner charities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Pour Les Femmes helps Congolese women rebuild their lives after the devastation of civil war.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a massive forested nation in central Africa. Despite its vast natural resource and diverse wildlife, the nation is torn by civil war and internal conflict. According to U.N. Women, 52 percent of Congolese woman faced domestic violence. Over 1 million have been raped as a result of decades of armed conflict.
Companies like Pour Les Femmes help women to rebuild their lives and become self-sustaining. Wright’s advocacy work does not end with chiffon and vintage lace. The actress is heavily involved with the #StandWithCongo campaign.
In 2015, she lent her voice to the documentary, When Elephants Fight, a sobering reminder of the mineral-fueled civil conflicts in the Congo.
Wright believes that security is a human right. All people have the right to be safe. Women in areas of conflict face insecurity and violence. Wright’s goal is to connect a community of global supporters who are united in bringing security and comfort to women living in conflict-torn areas.
Wright is building a lasting legacy. In her own personal way, she is able to connect Pour Les Femmes customers to women who need the most help.
– Pehr Nilson