Kerry Washington Designs Handbag for a Good Cause

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Actress Kerry Washington has tried her hand at design for a good cause. The 'Scandal' actress created a purple handbag to raise funds for Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Program which aims to end violence against women. She commented that she hopes to help empower women to walk away from abusive relationships: "For many years I've worked with VDay… We've always said we wanted to put ourselves out of business at VDay by ending violence against women. So when this opportunity came along, it just felt like a way for me to be a part of a very tangible, concrete solution; giving women the tools they need to be more economically self-sufficient and more empowered to take care of themselves and to walk away."

Kerry explains that she chose to design a bag because it's "where a woman's economic power lives". She believes the piece is quite symbolic: “It's where we keep our keys and our phone and wallet; all of that, our economic well-being, lives in our purse. So the bag is really a symbol of taking your purse strings back, taking your strength back in the face of abuse.”

The actress admits that it isn't an easy situation for women who are being abused, and she is thinks men often use finances as a way of controlling women which can be just as abusive: “I don't want to make it sound like this is a quick fix, but 98 per cent of domestic violence cases involve financial abuse. When we say financial abuse it means controlling finances, destroying someone's credit, jeopardising their employment, these are all ways money is used to control in an abusive situation and make someone feel like they can't leave or making it almost impossible for someone to leave."

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