- Tue, Nov 14, 2017 10:00 AM
113-115 William Street
Latitude: -33.8746, Longitude: 151.217
Oxfam's new campaign, What She Makes, marks the crucial next step in the fight for fair fashion – living wages for the women that make our clothing. And we’re holding an exciting launch event to make you a part of this important conversation.Until now, ethical fashion's focus has stayed firmly on factories, fighting for women's rights and safety at work. That's still essential - but it's also only half the story. The women making our clothes are being denied decent lives by being paid poverty wages. Their meagre pay means that once outside the factory, they are often unable to afford even the basics – enough food for their families and decent shelter to live in, no matter how hard or long they work. While many leading and iconic Australian fashion brands are enjoying big increases in revenue, the failure to pay a living wage is trapping the women who make our clothing in a cycle of poverty. The fashion industry can be a powerful ally for women's rights. It's time that includes a living wage. Help us launch this important new campaign and be a part of what we're sure will be a lively and important conversation. Refreshments will be provided by our friends at 4 Pines and Cake Wine. Speakers: Dr Rebecca Huntley Dr Huntley is a researcher, commentator and author with a background in publishing, academia and politics. A proud feminist, Dr Huntly has written extensively on issues of equality and fairness. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies. She is the author of four books, most recently Still Lucky, and is a regular contributor to essay collections, magazines, newspapers and online publications including Australian Vogue. She also co-hosts the Common Ground podcast for The Guardian. Sigrid McCarthy Sigrid is the Media and Communications Coordinator at Ethical Clothing Australia, an accreditation body working with textile, clothing and footwear companies manufacturing locally and founding Editor-in-Chief at Intent Journal—a publication exploring the current fashion system and promoting progressive attitudes towards ethics in fashion. Dr Helen Szoke - Chief Executive at Oxfam Australia Dr Helen Szoke is a leading human rights advocate who has worked for many years to stop race discrimination in Australia and who is passionate and vocal about women’s rights and gender equality here in Australia and around the world. Dr Szoke joined Oxfam Australia as Chief Executive in 2013. She recently travelled to Bangladesh to meet some of the women who make our clothes. Joy Kyriacou - Fair Economies Advocacy Manager at Oxfam Australia Joy Kyriacou heads up a team of experts at Oxfam Australia who work on business and human rights, including holding companies to account for the rights of women who make our clothes. Having worked in politics and as an advocate, Joy knows how to push for change across the government and business spheres. She has lead Oxfam Australia's labour rights advocacy work since 2015, getting many of Australia's biggest brands publish the details of exactly where their clothes are sourced. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from ANU.