Soroptimists, whose work improves the lives of women and girls, are devastated by the news of the building collapse in Bangladesh killing female garment workers and their children who were in the creche at the factory. Please sign the petition on Change.org (www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/primarkjobs-mango-matalan-ensure-safety-for-workers-compensate-victims-of-building-collapse) that has been started by the National Garment Workers’ Federation of Bangladesh.
The petition is asking that Primark, Matalan and Mango take responsibility for what has happened in this factory producing clothing for them to sell in the West, ensuring justice for the workers and taking action to ensure a disaster like this never happens again.
The petition is being supported by the charity “War on Want” who have a campaign “Love Fashion, Hate Sweatshops”. Other organisations that Soroptimists are involved with have also spoken out including Fairtrade and the Trade Justice Movement.
We (Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland) have members in Bangladesh and have sent condolences to Arifa Rahman, President of the Soroptimist Club in Dhaka. This is Arifa’s reply:
“Thank you for your message of sympathy on behalf of President and Management Board of SIGBI on account of the greatest tragedy that has befallen Bangladesh in recent times, affecting thousands of female garments workers. The whole nation is in shock.”
When the picture is clearer we will establish how we can help our fellow Soroptimists and the families of those affected in practical ways.