Love Fashion, Hate Sweatshops

So currently, our Rangers (Senior Section) have decided that they are joining in with a campaign being overseen by War On Want called ‘Love Fashion, Hate Sweatshops‘.

And it wasn’t even a suggestion from one of the leaders.

One of the girls found the campaign all on her own, and e-mailed to ask me if she could do it and whether she thought the rest of the group would join in. I said YES and encouraged her to bring her pitch to the group which has been met with a lot of enthusiasm.

Trying to encourage¬†them to work out what they want to do to raise awareness of the campaign has been the biggest challenge. With some questions to help them stay focused, they have now gone away with ‘homework’ of working out online petitions, if there are petitions that already exist and who their local politicians are and so on…

It’s a complex issue and one that I’ve had on my mind for many years after I took part in Tearfund’s Lift the Label campaign (at least I think that’s what it was called). It involved writing postcards to your favourite clothing stores to ask them to use more fairly traded source materials and production techniques.

I’m really proud of the girls, and during the discussions found out one of our members has written to our local MP about the Girls Matter campaign. She says she got a nice reply back. But then, I don’t see any signs of him taking action on it yet…


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