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What She Makes : Campaign Launch

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donkey wheel house

673 Bourke Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Oxfam's new campaign, What She Makes, marks the crucial next step in the fight for fair fashion – living wages for the women that make our clothing. And we’re holding an exciting launch event to make you a part of this important conversation. Until now, ethical fashion's focus has stayed firmly on factories, fighting for women's rights and safety at work. That's still essential - but it's also only half the story.


The women making our clothes are being denied decent lives by being paid poverty wages. Their meagre pay means that once outside the factory, they are often unable to afford even the basics – enough food for their families and decent shelter to live in, no matter how hard or long they work.


What She Makes is about putting the spotlight on the lives and dreams of the women who make our clothes – and demanding that they be paid living wages. Wages that will ensure they can afford enough food, decent housing, education and medical costs, and be able to save for emergencies.


While many leading and iconic Australian fashion brands are enjoying big increases in revenue, the failure to pay a living wage is trapping the women who make our clothing in a cycle of poverty. The fashion industry can be a powerful ally for women's rights. It's time that includes a living wage.


Help us launch What She Makes over coffee, breakfast and what we're sure will be a lively and important conversation. Disability friendly access.


Speakers:

Angela Bell is the National Manager at Ethical Clothing Australia, commonly known as ECA®. Angela oversees a small national team that works in close collaboration with clothing brands and manufacturers, and the Textile, Clothing Footwear Union.


Andrea Maksimovic is the International Officer at Australian Council of Trade Unions. Andrea has 19 years of experience working in Australia and Europe in unions and NGOs focusing on labour and human rights, trade and economic justice, corporate accountability and international governance.


Gordon Renouf is one of the founders of Good On You, the ethical brand rating app. He is an experienced consumer advocate who worked previously as Head of Campaigns and Policy at CHOICE, as the Director of the North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service and as Director of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre. in 2016 he gave the Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture on the topic of consumers’ right to consumer responsibly. In addition to working as the CEO of Good On You he is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Justice Connect and a Director of Good Environmental Choice Australia and the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman.


Nayeem Emran is the Labour Rights Advocacy Lead at Oxfam Australia, bringing ten years of experience in driving sustainable changes in the Bangladeshi garment industry though his Work with the International Labour Organisation and the International Finance Organisation - striving to improve compliance, efficiency and work place cooperation.

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