What She Makes Is Keeping Her In Poverty: Campaign Brief

by Oxfam Canada | August 31, 2021

What She Makes Is Keeping Her In Poverty: Campaign Brief

by Oxfam Canada | August 31, 2021
Rita is one of the women who make our clothes. She works in a garment factory in Bangladesh 6-7 days per week, sometimes 14 or more hours per day, and makes $96-124 CAD monthly. Credit: Fabeha Monir/Oxfam.

The fashion industry is huge and glamourous, but it is built on the backs of millions of women who live in poverty despite working countless hours making the clothes we wear. Canadian clothing brands take part in the systemic exploitation of workers by allowing poverty wages to be paid in many of their supplier factories. Canadian brands have a responsibility to pay enough for workers to live on – a living wage.

The women who make our clothes are paid such paltry wages – as little as 60 cents per hour in countries like Bangladesh – that they live in dismal conditions, fall into spiraling debt, and cannot afford the healthcare and education they and their families need. They are paid less than half of what they need to live a decent life.

Access to dignified work is a human right and a fundamental pathway out of poverty. Canadian brands must commit to paying a living wage to the women who make our clothes.

Download our campaign brief to learn more.

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