The runways of New York and the factories of Bangladesh could not seem further apart. Yet they both drive a global, 1.5 trillion dollar industry: the fashion industry. And in both cases, the work is performed overwhelmingly by young women and girls–fashion models, on the one hand, and garment workers on the other–both of whom are struggling to assert their rights in a hostile labor environment.
Sara Ziff, founder of the Model Alliance took a trip to Dhaka last summer to learn more about the garment industry there and see the conditions on the ground. In this exclusive video, you’ll learn about Sara’s trip, and her more recent work with international labor rights groups (WRC, ILRF) and activists like Kalpona Akter and Tazreen Factor fire survivor Sumi Abedin. Watch and get the message out: let’s put the pressure on major labels to sign on to the Bangladesh Build Fire and Safety Agreement.