My steps to the Dutch VN women’s representative, October 2013
I experienced romantic years during the Fashion Academy in Amsterdam, but soon they were brutally interrupted by my buying trips in fashion to the Far East. On my first trip my upbringing education for equal rights for men and women was addressed. This was the main reason to work for better working conditions for workers in the garment industry since 1987 . I’ll take you to this into my world. From cotton farmer, to weaver, from clothes to designer, model on the catwalk in clothes wearer… In the fashion industry, the presence of women is enormous. From my own work experiences where I worked mostly with women, I wanted to speak to the UN. Indeed, there is yet to win a world.
Equality of employment status and empowerment of women and men in the textile sector is a challenge. Worldwide there are 47 million people employed in the garment factories of which 40 million, 85% are women. Remarkably, the management positions are usually held by men. MDG3, the Millennium Development Goals, “The promotion of equality between men and women” is very important in this industry. A huge shift in the industry from the West to the South since the 70’s are order of the day. Also, the sector Internationally fragmented and there are long production chains, making transparency hard to find. In addition, Fashion is hardly taken seriously by governments. For this reason, it makes the workers in textile highly vulnerable.
As you can hear all the eight Millennium Development Goals are to be applied to this industry.
With a view to the annual theme of the UN in 2014, SOIL, and the topic for the International Women’s Day in March 2014 where the theme include “Women and Technology” is, I see a wonderful amalgamation. Mobile telephony is in fact no longer to stay, even in developing countries. A bank account that’ss available via any mobile phone would be a big step for women to build their own living. I plead for making availability and bringing the benefits of bank accounts for women. Attention “Women empowerment” begins with the basic control over her own life. With small steps, big changes! Let’s start!