FASHION REVOLUTION 2023
Fashion Revolution Week
22nd - 29th April 2023
Information taken from: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/frw-2023/
24th April 2023 marks 10 years since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. The people in this building were manufacturing clothing for many of the biggest global fashion brands. The building collapsed killing 1,134 people and injured more than 2,500 others, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The victims were mostly young women.
Fashion Revolution week happens every year in the week coinciding with 24th April in which we remember the lives lost and demand that no one should die for fashion.
Fashion Revolution was founded by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013. It has become the world’s largest fashion activism movement for a global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit.
The theme for this year’s Fashion Revolution Week is MANIFESTO FOR A FASHION REVOLUTION.
We love fashion. But we don’t want our clothes to exploit people or destroy our planet. We are coming together as a global community to bring our manifesto into reality.
- Fashion provides dignified work, from conception to creation to catwalk. It does not enslave, endanger, exploit, overwork, harass, abuse or discriminate against anyone. Fashion liberates workers and wearer and empowers everyone to stand up for their rights.
- Fashion provides fair and equal pay. It enriches the livelihood of everyone working across the industry, from farm to shop floor. Fashion lifts people out of poverty, creates thriving societies and fulfils aspiration.
- Fashion gives people a voice, making it possible to speak up without fear, join together in unity with repression and negotiate for better conditions at work and across communities.
- Fashion respects culture and heritage. It fosters, celebrates and rewards skills and craftsmanship. It recognises creativity as its strongest asset. Fashion never appropriates without giving due credit or steals without permission. Fashion honours the artisan.
- Fashion stands for solidarity, inclusiveness and democracy, regardless of race, class, gender, age, shape or ability. It champions diversity as crucial for success.
- Fashion conserves and restores the environment. It does not deplete precious resources, degrade our soil, pollute our air and water or harm our health. Fashion protects the welfare of all living things and safeguards our diverse ecosystems.
- Fashion never unnecessarily destroys or discards but mindfully redesigns and recuperates in a circular way. Fashion is repaired, reused, recycled and upcycled. Our wardrobes and landfills do not overflow with clothes that are coveted but not cherished, bought but not kept.
- Fashion is transparent and accountable. Fashion embraces clarity and does not hide behind complexity nor rely on trade secrets to derive value. Anyone, anywhere can find out how, where, by whom and under what conditions their clothing is made.
- Fashion measures success by more than just sales and profits. Fashion conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit.
- Fashion lives to express, delight, reflect, protest, comfort, commiserate and share. Fashion never subjugates, denigrates, degrades, marginalises or compromises. Fashion celebrates life.
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