Champion of Change: Asmeret Berhe-Lumax
Asmeret Berhe-Lumax's widespread upbringing is a constant influence on her life as an Ethiopian- born, Swedish-raised, New York-dwelling mother and activist.
Born to parents who were politically active during the war, Asmeret moved from Eritrea to just outside of Stockholm when she was very young. She later came to the United States to study finance – a pursuit that was short-lived and soon replaced with new interests in the arts, design, and fashion. Years later, she moved permanently to New York and put her drive and creative mind to work.
Aside from her work in fashion as the head of production at a menswear label, Asmeret is passionate about social justice and is enthusiastically involved in organizations that work towards achieving equality. One in particular is the Phenomenal Girls Club, which aims to instill confidence and leadership skills to young girls of color through the use of exploration, collaboration and mentorship. She also works with Shoe 4 Africa because she strongly believes in their mission: Donations go towards providing health care and education and have been significant enough to open the first hospital in East Africa. Asmeret is also an advisor for Uniform, a for-profit organization that supports African commerce. The brand is completely produced and manufactured in Africa, thereby creating a sustainable business model.
Through her compassion and hard work, Asmeret has not only instilled activist values in her two daughters, but to everyone who is touched by her humanity.
Asmeret is one of the many inspiring people selected as part of our Champions of Change campaign, which honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls in the Metro New York area or globally.