Fashion Revolution Bangladesh and Snv Netherlands Development Organization are jointly organising an exhibition titled Threads of Change: Celebrating the Lives of Garment Workers on April 24, 2017, at 4pm at Bengal Art Lounge, 60 Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka. The exhibition will continue till April 30th, 2017, starting from 3pm and ending at 8pm on each day.
The exhibition showcases photographs by the internationally acclaimed photographer Alison Wright, reflecting the lives of workers from the apparel industry. More of her work can be viewed here http://alisonwright.com/
2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, Alison Wright’s photography is represented by National Geographic and Corbis and has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Islands, Smithsonian, American Photo, Natural History, Time, Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Outside, and San Francisco Chronicle.
She is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography for her photographs of child labor in Asia and a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award.
Inspired by the work SNV has been doing in garments factories all over Bangladeh, the photographs taken by Wright are a reflection of the changes in the lives of garments workers since the development organisation started their project.
SNV is working with 20 factories and selected SRHR service providers to pilot and test activities. To create systemic change the programme engages with industry stakeholders across Bangladesh’s garments value chain (businesses, workers, service providers including NGOs who already operate within the RMG industry, government and international customers). Workers’ needs and solutions were identified to design sustainable solution oriented Inclusive Business Models. The factories are supported and rewarded for the adoption of responsible and inclusive business practices. SNV has built their capacity to adopt and integrate such practices throughout their operations. This includes providing tailored coaching at the selected factories on, for example, management practices and marketing of responsible practices. A demand and supply mechanisms has been established to support female workers’ access to convenient, gender-friendly, affordable and quality SRHR services within or near factories. To respond to increased demand the programme also supports the expansion and quality of services. Once the other factories recognise that interventions are giving their rivals a competitive edge, they are much more likely to adopt similar programmes, perhaps even improve and innovate in order to come up with better and more efficient service provision.
Fashion Revolution is a global movement uniting around an annual campaign, and over the next they aim to build considerable momentum and achieve incredible impact together. Fashion Revolution recognizes that, in many cases, they will bring together organisations and people that, outside of Fashion Revolution, remain competitors.
On 24th April each year, Fashion Revolution brings everyone in the fashion value chain together and helps to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, show the world that change is possible, and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future. This year they are teaming up with SNV to showcase the event ‘Threads of Change’.
Last year, over 70,000 people around the world asked brands#whomademyclothes?, which reached 156 million organic impressions (the number of times our conversation appeared in people’s social media feeds.)