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Huffington Post: Ethical Fashion on Rise in Wake of Disaster
04/18/2016 - 5:30 PM

On April 24, 2013, as reported in the Independent, Reshma Begum showed up to work at the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She and her co-workers were nervous. Cracks had appeared in the walls.

They brought their concern to a manager.

“There is no problem. You do your work,” they were told.

Reshma, like many apparel workers, came to Bangladesh’s capital, choosing the factories over the fields.

She sat at down at her sewing machine and went back to work.

Later that day the factory collapsed around her, killing over 1,100 mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and injuring thousands more. Reshma miraculously survived for 17 days in the rubble on four packets of cookies and some water.

After she was dug from the debris, the press interviewed her about the experience. She ended her press conference by offering this: “I will not work in a garment factory again.”

Reshma had pursued opportunity, and that opportunity quite literally crumbled around her.

This is a possible reality for many garment workers around the world, working for low pay in unsafe and unregulated conditions... but it doesn’t have to be. What if your shirt, your pants, or even your underwear were made in factories that provided workers like Reshma with genuine opportunities?

Fair Trade
 is becoming an increasingly important tool in the toolbox to help factories and brands make safety and empowerment a tangible reality.


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