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Feminism In Business (Fashion Revolution Sustainability Panel)

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“The garment industry is and has historically been one of the most female-dominated industries in the world. Today, more than 70% of garment workers in China are women, in Bangladesh the share is 85%, and in Cambodia as high as 90%. For these women, development is closely linked to their conditions at work. It’s about gaining a decent pay, working under dignified conditions and having basic work security. It’s about moving out of poverty, being able to provide children with education, and to become more independent and grow as an individual.” Source - Fashion Revolution


As another wave of feminist activism and fighting for equality rolls across the the western world, our Feminism In Fashion panel address the question of what equality for women could and should look like in the garment making industry and the fashion world. From factories to modelling to politics and media, the impact the fashion industry has on women is massive and whether that impact is positive or not is an issue that needs to be addressed.


Come and join the discussion as we welcome a fantastic panel of people using their position within the fashion industry to bring Feminism and equality to the world around us.


Panelists will include: Sarah Neville and Sophie Slater - founders of Birdsong, ethical, sustainable and socially conscious clothing, Aisling Byrne - founder of the Nu Wardrobe, a clothes sharing fashion company and Charlotte Instone, founder of Know The Origin and Sophie Benson - freelance writer for the likes of The Guardian, Dazed, AnOther & more, Charly Young from The Girls' Network and Emma Slade Edmondon - Founder of Charity Fashion Live.


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Birdsong

Founders, Sophie and Sarah, started Birdsong in 2015, inspired by the great skill and creativity in women’s community groups, but frustrated by their financial insecurity in the context of budget cuts and rising rents. With the fashion industry addicted to Photoshop and wholesale exploitation of millions of female garment workers worldwide, Birdsong is an ethical fashion brand championing women from worker to wearer. All Birdsong clothing is made by UK women facing barriers to employment. They are currently working with seven women’s groups in London - all comprising of women facing significant barriers to employment - many of them migrant women who have brought high quality making skills from their home countries. With Designer & Head of Production Susanna on board, the team is on a mission to create beautiful, sustainable clothes that empower the wearer, the worker, and the community that binds them together.

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Know The Origin

Know The Origin are Ethical Consumer's 2017 top rated ethical fashion brand, they make Fairtrade and Organic clothing, with a full supply chain transparency. More recently, they have curated a honest marketplace, bringing together sustainable and transparent brands from around the world, allowing you to discover the ethical impact and origin of each piece. www.knowtheorigin.com

Know The Origin was founded by Charlotte with the aim to transform the fashion industry. Charlotte was inspired to start KTO after finding that the lack of transparency within fashion supply chains had led to abuses of human rights and environmental degradation worldwide. Through developing strong relationships with incredible organic and fairtrade producers across India, Know The Origin shows people that fashion can, and should, be done differently. Know The Origin respects people and the environment at every stage of the supply chain from cotton farming to final factory with traceability and high ethical standards at the heart of it’s work.

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The nu wardrobe

The nu wardrobe is an online platform for members to share clothes in their local area.

It was originally was started by a group of women in Dublin with wardrobes full of beautiful clothes that they rarely wore. With so many in the same boat, they thought ‘why not share, rather than buying brand new pieces all the time?’

Fashion is a highly polluting industry so not only is sharing an easy and affordable way to extend your style, it’s also one of the best ways to extend the life-cycle of clothes and reduce garment waste.

You can join The Nu Community and start sharing at www.thenuwardrobe.com

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Sophie Benson

Sophie Benson is a freelance writer who covers sustainability for the likes of The Guardian, Dazed, AnOther, Grazia, Refinery29 and Metro. She also teaches at universities around the UK.

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Charly Young | The Girls' Network

Charly Young is CEO and Co-founder of The Girls’ Network – a charity that provides 14-19 year old girls from the least-advantaged communities across England with a female mentor and a network of professional female role models. As a secondary school teacher, she saw first-hand how girls and young women were limited by their gender and background, and knew she had to do something! She has since grown the charity from supporting just 30 girls in 2013, to over 1,000 in 2018.

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Emma Slade Edmondson

Emma is a dynamic thought leader working across all elements of Fashion Retail, Marketing, Branding and Fashion Styling.

A change maker in her field – she is renowned for her transformational work within the charity retail sector.

With her unique combination of expert knowledge, Creative Direction and a natural Instinct for contemporary trends and cultural shifts, Emma brings an innovative angle to every project she works on.

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