Using Your Fashion Business As A Mouthpiece In Fighting For Women's Rights
A 31 minute lesson from the women's advocacy organisation Women In Prison, to support in your understanding of what the criminal justice system looks like for women, and how your fashion brand can sensitively become a mouthpiece for the issues surrounding women in prison.
Kate Fraser is the Northern Development Manager for Women In Prison, a national UK charity that is centred on women's experiences and advocacy for radical change in the criminal justice system. Purdy Sutcliffe is a Project Worker for WomenMatta, a Manchester-based women's centre that provides intense, holistic support to women affected by the criminal justice system and to those at risk.
In this Lesson, hear what the issues are within the criminal justice system specifically for women, and why support before, during and after is crucial to reducing unnecessary convictions and future additional trauma to those imprisoned and their families. From the outset this does not shout out "fashion business", but we also explore thoughts and facts on prison labour, employment in prison, and what steps you can take as a fashion entrepreneur to raise awareness and compassionately advocate for women's rights everywhere.
In this Lesson you will learn:
- Introduction to the organisation Women In Prison
- Key issues women in the current criminal justice system are facing
- How to be an advocate for this and similar issues in order to support systemic change and individual protection
- About the use of free and paid labour within the prison system for producing fashion
- Advice on using your business as a mouthpiece for advocacy and campaigning
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How To Achieve Economic Justice For Young Womenwith Young Women's Trust
In this 6-minute lesson from the feminist organisation Young Women's Trust, hear and learn about ways in which you can implement practices within your business structure and supply chain that will support economic justice - in particular for young women.
You will hear advice from the Young Women's Trust Head of Participation and one of the Work It Out service coaches to understand how you can support young women in work. There is also a case study from a young woman who has successfully used the service. This is a practical lesson that you can use to review your organisational practices and structure, and help achieve economic justice for young women in your workplace and supply chain.
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IWD: Women Hold Up Half The Skywith Stephanie Steele
International Women's Day 2021 has the theme #ChooseToChallenge. The call to action is to show your hand held high to show commitment to choosing to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a chance to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity and, fundraise for female-focused charities.
Head to the "Mission" section of the website to find women in different sectors that are choosing to challenge.
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." ~ Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist
In this article, we choose from our very own guest experts to highlight women that are challenging the status quo within fashion and textiles.
Juta Shoes: supporting women facing barriers to workwith Joanna Hamer
We couldn't be more thrilled that the brilliant Joanna Hamer, co-founder and co-director of Juta Shoes joined us for our London Networking Event.
Juta Shoes is a social enterprise based in East London that supports, trains and employs women who face barriers to work, to make their bespoke reclaimed leather espadrilles and teach their sustainable crafts workshops. You may remember Juta Shoes as we mentioned them in our Masterclass Branding a Sustainable Business, as an exemplary ethical business with a social mission. Juta shoes are also a brilliant example of how manufacturing on a smaller scale can have a huge impact. Joanna was a 2016 Year Here fellow, and I'm delighted to share some of her invaluable insight and gems of advice.
Lunar Method: Cactus Leather Bags That Support Womenwith Karine Ponce
Lunar Method is a luxury, sustainable vegan accessories brand who have incorporated cactus leather and traditional production methods into their mission and goals. In this video, hear direct from passionate founder Karine Ponce about her approach to the Sustainable Development Goals and why she is placing women's rights and animal rights at the heart of her business.
Advocating For Women's Rights In Cotton Farmingwith Maveen Pereira
Traidcraft Exchange's strategy for women's empowerment addresses the fact that women make up a significant part of our global workforce head-on. Here we learn about why women's rights should be advocated for, and why in particular, within the cotton agriculture sector.
This is a segment cut from the full interview with Maveen Pereira, Director of Programmes at Traidcraft Exchange.
The Importance Of Achieving Gender Equality In The Fashion Sectorwith Stephanie Steele
This is a notes-only lesson. We look at the Sustainable Development Goal No.5: Achieving Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls, and how the targets and indicators for development fit within the fashion and textile industry.
What should you be aware of as a creative business owner or employee of a fashion company when addressing the issue of gender inequality across your workplace and supply chain? What examples are there of product businesses using issues under the gender equality banner to push the targets positively onwards?