The Fashion Industry


Global Feminism Talk Series

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Global Feminism: The Fashion Industry

The Circle and Waterstones held the first in a new series of book talks inspired by Annie Lennox’s campaign to promote Global Feminism, encouraging everyone to further understand the inequality around the world for the most disempowered and marginalised women and girls.

The first session considered the need to protect and ensure the rights of women in the Fashion Industry.Author, journalist and poet Rosalind Jana chaired the conversation with Safia Minney and Tansy Hoskins, two exceptional women and authors who, through their work, are shining a light on the impact of the fast fashion industry and the need to end modern day slavery for the millions of women working in it.

Safia Minney MBE FRSA is a British social entrepreneur and author, currently Managing Director of ethical footwear brand, Po-Zu. She is the founder of People Tree and former Global CEO of 24 years. She initiated World Fair Trade Day in 1999 which is endorsed by the World Fair Trade Organization and their members and celebrated on the second Saturday of May each year. She co-wrote Naked FashionThe Sustainable Fashion RevolutionSlow Fashion, Aesthetics Meets Ethics and Slave to Fashion (New Internationalist). In 2013 Safia also launched the Rag Rage Campaign which helped bring pressure with over a million signatories to clean-up practice in the fashion industry.

Tansy Hoskins is the author of Stitched Up – The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion. She works as a journalist, producing current affairs documentaries and writing articles about the garment industry. This work has taken her to Bangladesh, Kenya, Morocco, Macedonia, and the Topshop warehouses in Solihull. Tansy is currently finishing her second book.

When? Wednesday 6th February, 6.30pm.

Where? Gower Street Waterstones, London.