Every Garment Has a Name

The UK alone spends up to £21 billion a year on clothing, many of which is a product of countless human rights abuses against the workers who make them. On April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed killing 1127 garment workers and injuring thousands more. This is not an isolated incident and there are hundreds of factories like this around the world where garment workers are:

· Treated unfairly and abused

· Paid below a living wage

· At the risk of harm and are unsafe; all to provide cheap clothes for the UK high street.

The Qur’an and Sunnah set out the ethics of trade to ensure this does not happen. When the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would receive new clothes he would name the garment by its distinct nature and quality and then recite the following dua:

“God, all praise and thanks to You for clothing me with this (garment). I ask You for the good of it and the good of what it was made for, and I ask Your protection om the evil of it and the evil of what it was made for.”

Our ‘Every Garment Has A Name’ campaign wants to seek protection from the evil and injustice of our own garments. Behind every garment is the name of a person who made it and we must take action to honour their rights and ensure their safety.

CAMPAIGN TIMELINE

May 2013 – Bangladesh Fire & Safety Accord launched to get brands to commit to safe factory conditions

Jun 2013 – MADE launches petition calling Gap, Walmart (Asda) and Topshop (Arcadia) to sign up

Jun 2013 – MADE hold a Swap shop and start upcycling/ethical fashion workshops with Zinia K

Oct 2013 – Topshop group (Arcadia) signs and the accord reaches 100 brand signature mark. Official campaign launches and demonstration held in East London to mark 6 month anniversary.

Jan 2013 – MADE supports Labour Behind the Label, the Clean Clothes Campaign and other NGOS in working towards compensation for the Rana Plaza victims

March 2013 – MADE partners with the Rainbow Collective, TRAID and War on Want to support the production of the documentary ‘Tears in the Fabric’. Check it out here

24 April 2014 – MADE join organisations, NGOs, trade unions and activists all around the world to mark the 1 year anniversary of the collapse and Fashion Revolution Day, calling for Gap to sign up to Accord and Benetton to pay compensation.

27th April 2014 – MADE holds ‘Modern Day Slavery’ event hosted by Yasmin Khatun and screens documentary produced by Islam Channel ‘Slave Industry: A year on from Rana Plaza’. Check out part one here and part two here

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BE A COMMUNITY THAT CALLS FOR WHAT IS GOOD, URGES WHAT IS RIGHT, AND FORBIDS WHAT IS WRONG - QUR’AN 3:104