Decolonizing Fast Fashion: A Living Wage and Good Working Conditions for Women of the Global South

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Sponsor: UUA International Resources: UU Office at the United Nations

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This event took place on Zoom and a recording is available on YouTube.

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About the Event

Join us as we discuss how the fast fashion industry is a multimillion dollar industry that has perpetuated poverty in the global south due an overall lack of regulation of neoliberal economic policies. Our panel of global fast fashion activists and economists will diverge into an interactive conversation around the colonial origins of our international economic transactions, and what we can do to end these neo-colonial relationships that encompass millions of women and girls in the global south.

Join us as we discuss how the fast fashion industry is a multimillion dollar industry that has perpetuated poverty in the global south due an overall lack of regulation of neoliberal economic policies.

Our panel of sustainable fashion activists and anthropologists will hold an interactive conversation about the colonial origins of our international economic transactions. We will discuss ways the public, private, and government sectors can come together to combat cycles of poverty perpetuated by the fast-fashion industry due to the neo-colonial economic relationships that encompass millions of women and girls in the global south.

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Speakers

Aditi Mayer

Aditi Mayer is a sustainable fashion blogger, photojournalist, labor rights activist, and frequent speaker on topics of social and environmental justice. She serves on the council of Intersectional Environmentalist, and will be spending 2022 as a National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow.

Lamia Karim

Lamia Karim is an Associate Professor of cultural anthropology with a focus on political anthropology at the University of Oregon. Dr. Karim is the author of the much-acclaimed book Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), which is a critical examination of the Nobel Prize Winner, the Grameen Bank and microfinance practices, and their effects on women in Bangladesh.

Sophia Li

Sophia Li is a Chinese American multimedia journalist, film director and climate optimist. She has worked on projects like a short documentary on the biggest landfill in the US in partnership with the United Nations and environmental nonprofit Slow Factory. Sophia’s journalistic reporting has appeared in CNN, VOGUE, and the United Nations.

Sandra Niessen

Sandra Niessen is a freelance, consulting anthropologist based in the Netherlands. Since 1979 she has been studying, lecturing and writing about the Batak cultures of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Particularly Batak textiles have been the focus of her numerous articles and books.

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