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Could it be that things are moving forward for Garment Workers?

"Garment worker study attracts £1.3m funding" states an article at Eco Textile News. Hopefully, this means that people are realising the importance of supply chains.

Dated 20 June 2022, the article states that academic Dr Sabina Lawreniuk at the University of Nottingham has been awarded almost £1.3 million to investigate the threats posed to female garment workers in global apparel supply chains.

A four-year research project which looks to examine garment manufacturing in four countries that represent the different stages in supply chains: the Midlands UK, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Jordan.

There have been a huge number of human rights issues in garment manufacturing in Cambodia alone for over a decade. 80% of these workers are women.

In an industry where CEOs reap all the benefits and huge bonuses, but the workers abroad receive little pay, working and living in dangerous conditions are all too common news.

Through her research, Dr Lawreniuk states that "Without systemic data, the problems that lessen women's quality of life in the garment industry are not fully known and are therefore hard to address. This fellowship addresses this knowledge and practice gap by generating evidence and promoting action on the specific threats posed to female garment workers."

The project will assess a cross-section of the global workforce, identifying the complex elements that put women as targets of systemic inequities within supply chains.

The study will hopefully prove the injustices of the fast fashion market and call for change globally.
We need to stop seeing modern day 'influencers' promoting fashion brands claiming feminist rights when the reality is that there is none for the workforce behind the garments marketed.

The research project is welcome news that although one that won't bring happy news will hopefully create positive change, making sustainable practice.

The research project is one of 84 chosen by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship programme, funding a total of £98 million in grants.


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