Jewelry designer Yuwei Lee has partnered with the United Nations Trust Fund (UNTF) to End Violence against Women. Yuwei Lee began designing jewelry as a way to heal from her own painful childhood experience with domestic violence. She found serenity in the geometric shapes and balance of her intuitive designs. It was a natural progression for Yuwei to channel her creative energy into the Opportunity Initiative Collection. 100% of the net sales of the eight limited edition pieces, ranging from $145-1,795, will support UNTF initiatives.
Yuwei Lee did not always know she wanted to be a jewelry designer. After a visit to Bali she was inspired by the craftsmanship and her designs surfaced as a way to express herself. The creative process has helped Yuwei to heal. She wants to use her passion for purpose helping women and girls who are faced with violence. The geometric balance of the delicate designs and the bold gold invoke a sense of strength. Yuwei says, “ The teardrop shape represents the tears of survival of the women they support and the orange citrine stones symbolize a bright future, without violence against women and girls.” The UNTF logo mirrors the teardrop shape in her designs and ties the collection to the cause.
By bringing the UNTF cause to the fashion and design community, Yuwei has expanded the global network to a new arena. Farida Deif, UNTF Deputy Manager, endorses Yuwei stating, “her sustainable work with local artisans in Bali and remarkable attention to detail is extraordinary.” The global grant-making organization addresses violence against women and girls. In times of conflict women and children often become victims. UNTF, with the help of supporters like Yuwei Lee and Goodwill Ambassadors like Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand, bring health care, counseling and education to women in need. Preventing and reducing violence on a global level is the goal. Each limited edition piece of jewelry raises awareness and supports women in need.