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FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK IS WOMEN’S BUSINESS - Media release, Friday 27 April 2018

Fashion is women’s business. 

This week is Fashion Revolution Week.  It falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh which killed 1138 people in 2013. 

As women we are constantly bombarded by the fashion industry with images of what we should look like and what we should wear however, 80% of the 75 million people who make our clothes are women between the ages of 18 and 35.

Often these women live in poverty, suffer from exploitation, verbal and physical abuse, and work for as little as the equivalent of 40 Australian cents an hour. 

But there’s something we can all do to stop this from happening. 

I am proud to be supporting Fashion Revolution week as an UnSung Hero. 

The #whomademyclothes and #imadeyourclothes hashtags encourage consumers and producers to work together to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed. 

Australia has an important role to play in fighting modern slavery. A Shorten Labor Government will introduce an Australian Modern Slavery Act to ensure Australia is at the forefront of the fight against modern slavery.

An Australian Modern Slavery Act will help businesses take every step they can to put pressure on suppliers and notify authorities, as well as ensuring they are more careful about checking who their suppliers are and what kind of labour practices they engage in. 

Be aware of what you wear, and encourage your favourite brands to tell you #whomademyclothes.

FRIDAY, 27 APRIL 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS:  TAIMUS WERNER-GIBBINGS 0429 820 344

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra