The world is changing in many aspects, we are more aware of the environment, we are more understanding and every day we are updating to progress.
But what is progress? Is it having a new next-generation phone? Or a high-resolution 60-inch TV?
The real progress of a society is not based on our technological advances, it is based on the physical and moral integrity of the people that compose it, so in order to advance on this planet we must be in constant learning and empathizing with our environment and the people around us.
The great environmental awareness that is being experienced in the wake of the pandemic is in sight, but there is something to which we must give voice to continue progressing.
If you have read the title, yes, in this article we are going to talk about the conditions that women face in the great and millionaire world of textiles.
80% of female textile workers are young women between 18 and 24 years old, many of them mothers, and the majority work in hostile environments and in precarious conditions. It is necessary to give these women a voice to change their reality.
The fast pace of fast fashion has made the situation worse for women in countries where labor legislation is not well developed.
There is a $ 9.000 billion pay gap between women and men in the garment industry.
Today, most of the people who sew and make the clothes we wear are women. The Garment Workers' Diaries is a year-long project led by Microfinance Opportunities which studies the lives and wages of 540 women who work in garment factories in Cambodia, Bangladesh and India. Your goal is to better understand how do these women manage to survive and show us their daily worries and sufferings.
Actionaid works with the world's poorest women to transform their lives through education, sustainable livelihoods, advocating for women's rights, humanitarian and emergency work, and fighting injustice.
In her report, The Cost of Inequality in Women's Work, she shows that there is a salary difference of 9.000 million dollars between women and men in the garment industry.
These data and many more can be found with a simple click, informing us is at our fingertips and information gives us the power to decide with criteria, this situation is a cry silenced by all of us who turn our heads before inequality.
There is still a long way to go because the gaps still exist.
Becoming aware of what it means to be a woman in this industry and wanting to commit to changing this reality is the first step we must take.
Do you join the change?