What is the importance of women's rights in the fashion world?
We believe there should always be equality wherever you are and human rights should always be valued. On October 24th 1975, 90% of Iceland's women refused to work, cook or look after children. The question was raised by women's movements why young men were taking home higher wages than women when their job was no less physically strenuous? The effect was incredible! Women from all walks of life, young and old, grannies and schoolgirls participated. The participation was so widespread because women from all the political parties and unions worked together, and made it happen. Iceland's men were barely coping. Not surprisingly this day was later referred to by them as "the long Friday".
Changes do not happen in a day but this is a powerful way of reminding society of the role women play in its running, their low pay, and the low value placed on their work inside and outside the home.
Companies can have a large impact by refusing to work with manufacturers that exploit their work force and should make a regular observation. If we accept this as a norm than there will be no changes.
We care for the people who make our clothing and value their experience and expertise. We choose a supplier that offers their staff a good environmental condition in the working place, good salaries, paid monthly holiday, no double or nights shifts, provides yearly bonuses and medical insurance. If companies exclude working with factories that do not incorporate human rights than we are one step ahead in making a change in the garment industry.
You as a consumer can have a powerful influence by being conscientious about who made your clothes and how they were made. Choose quality items that will last longer which means you might buy less but keep it for a longer period of time. This will reduce waste in your closet and also helps reduce waste on the planet. See if the brands you are already supporting are aligned with your own values. Choose sustainable brands that reduce their impact on earth and care about their workers.
It's international Women's day and we remind you to "Vote with your wallet" and shop conscientiously to help shape a better working world.
Participate today in our Women's day contest on Instagram and you'll have a chance to win a unique scarf from Dimmblá made in organic cotton & peace silk :)