Why Supply Chain Legislation is a Feminist Issue for Canadian Fashion

Portrait of a young Bangladeshi woman wearing a blue headscarf, looking directly at camera, not smiling. She's sitting behind a brown and black sowing machine, working on a piece of bright pink clothing in a room with white walls.

Five reasons we need a law that requires Canadian fashion brands to end human rights abuses abroad. Since the pandemic’s start in early 2020, the supply chains of major companies have garnered increased public attention, including for their less-than-feminist approach to doing business with their supplier factories. However, the need to build solidarity with women working in global supply chains has…

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Do You Know the Women Who Made Your Clothes? Good Luck Finding Out!

Grey rocks of varying sizes along with parts of grey torn cotton material are mixed with pieces of old wood and string. A dirty Joe Fresh label sits in the middle of the rocks on the ground.

Nine years ago today, 1,132 factory workers – mostly women being paid poverty wages – lost their lives in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. Another 2,500 garment workers were injured in the disaster. The world’s eyes turned to the long-forgotten problem of ‘sweatshops’ and labour exploitation in global supply chains shocked to learn…

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