About the event
ActionAid Melbourne Activists are hosting a special screening of Made in Bangladesh to commemorate the upcoming 9th anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse.
Made in Bangladesh is a documentary that exposes the exploitation and unsafe working conditions in garment factories in Bangladesh. Made in Bangladesh follows the journey of a textile worker fighting for labour rights after a co-worker is killed in a fire at her factory.
Shimu, 23, works in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Faced with difficult conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers.
Despite threats from the management and disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on. Together the women must fight and find a way.
Nine years ago, Rana Plaza – an eight-story building housing five garment factories – collapsed, costing the lives of 1,134 workers and injuring more than 2,600. Days before the collapse, concerns about the building’s structural integrity were brought up – yet these warnings were ignored and ultimately led to one of the worst industrial tragedies in history.
This collapse catalysed the creation of the Accord on Building and Fire Safety in 2013, which campaigned for brands to sign on and be held accountable for the women who make their clothes.
Rana Plaza paved the way in addressing crucial building safety concerns within the supply chains.
Vast progress has been made in building safety within supply chain factories, but still, more work needs to be done to secure the safety of garment workers.
Join us to learn more about how we, as individuals, can push for systemic change and hold brands accountable for the workers making their clothes. Network with like-minded people interested in garment workers’ rights, sustainable and ethical fashion.
Together, we can create change and call on The Iconic and Best & Less to sign onto the International Accord to protect the rights and safety of the women workers who make their clothes.
ActionAid stands in solidarity with women on the frontlines of injustice. This event is part of ActionAid Australia’s #SheWearstheCost campaign to protect garment worker’s rights and step up the commitment of big fashion brands like The Iconic and Best & Less to commit to fundamental labour rights.
We need to tell these brands that our community values the rights of garment workers.
Watch the trailer here: Made in Bangladesh Trailer #1 (2020) | Movieclips Indie
See you there!
“Fast fashion isn’t free, someone somewhere is paying” – Lucy Siegle
**This film will be played with English captions**