It’s Fashion Revolution Week!
Today, 24th April is the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh – the worst industrial incident the garment industry has ever seen. Over 1,130 people were killed and thousands more were injured. Five years later, people still live under the shadow of this apalling incident. They have suffered extreme trauma, had their families torn apart and sustained injuries which have left them unable to work. All to make cheap clothes for our high street.
Image: Clean Clothes campaign
Fashion Revolution Day was created on 24th April to mark this day, and to unite people behind a campaign calling for greater transparency, safety and sustainability in the fashion supply chain. The movement has grown over the past four years and become Fashion Revolution Week, with over 1,000 events taking place acros the globe this year. Ours in Manchester was one of them.
Since Rana Plaza, some progress has been made. The Bangladesh Accord has created a new framework for ensuring worker safety in Bangladesh’s garment factories. But there is more yet to be done. Here are some ways you can get involved in the call for change during Fashion Revolution Week:
Today, on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, Labour Behind the Label are co-ordinating an online vigil to remember the lives lost in the Rana Plaza collapse and show solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh. Simply hop onto Facebook Live with your message on a placard and hold a 30 second silence. Use the hastags #BangladeshSolidarity #RanaPlazaNeverAgain.
All week, Fashion Revolution encourage you to take a selfie showing your clothes label and tweet it to the brand, asking them #WhoMadeMyClothes. Thus demonstrating to brands that we, their customers, are concered about the conditions in which our clothes are made.
Make a pledge
Here at Stitched Up HQ, we’re asking you to make a pledge during Fashion Revolution Week. Going forwards, what actions will you take to make a positive change through your clothing choices?
Get in touch to let us know which of these things you can do and we’ll add you to our tally!
Whatever you choose to do this week, make sure to use the hashtags #WhoMadeMyClothes and #FashionRevolution to help spread the message far and wide.
Let’s make this Fashion Revolution Week the biggest yet!
Stitched Up x