Covid-19 affects all of us - but some more so than others. In the past few weeks we have provided you with the most important information about the effects that the current situation has on global supply chains.
What is very clear: women who were in incredibly precarious employment even before the pandemic and for whom the situation has now come to a head are particularly badly affected. The current situation is therefore a kind of magnifying glass for all those problems that we already knew about and that should now encourage us to rethink even more than before.
Curfews, absolute standstill in the textile factories and then drastic wage losses - these are the realities of life that women are currently dealing with, especially in India and Bangladesh. Unfair and discriminatory globalization effects are particularly evident where the big players in the textile industry refuse to pay wages for orders that have already been completed.
Education is good and important, but active action is even more important. That is why we would first like to thank our friends from FEMNET from Bonn, who with a lot of political commitment, expertise, empathy and education work to ensure that women's rights are enforced globally and companies act more responsibly. For years they have been ensuring that women's rights, especially in the textile industry, are heard and implemented globally. Through various campaigns, educational projects and direct solidarity work on site, they are active in three ways and do valuable work.
With their Corona Emergency Aid Fund, they support SAVE, Cividep and NGWF and thus three partner organizations that provide direct information and help in the supply of drugs in India and Bangladesh. While the Indian human rights organization SAVE has been campaigning for better working conditions in textile factories and spinning mills and against child labor in southern India since 1993, Cividep regularly conducts studies on working conditions in very different areas of Indian goods production - including, of course, the textile industry. NGWF, in turn, is the largest trade union in Bangladesh and has been working continuously since 1984 to strengthen the rights of workers in the clothing industry.
We find all this worthy of protection and therefore donate over the whole of May 10 cents per meter of fabric sold to the Corona Emergency Fund, which FEMNET initiated some time ago and through which money is given to these three organizations. We will hand over the total amount collected by us to FEMNET at the end of the month, which in turn will forward it 100% to one of the partners mentioned.
So with the purchase of Lebenskleidung fabric you support projects that are more than ever dependent on outside help - THANKS for that.