Join with Oxfam to end sweatshops exploiting women and children

 

What’s happening?

Four years after the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza Factory in Bangladesh, some large clothing brands and retailers in Australia are still refusing to protect the women making their clothing. Sweatshops still exist – overcrowded factories where workers, often women or children, work long hours under dangerous conditions and with managers concerned more about the bottom line than the safety. These are the very conditions that lead to the collapse of the Rana Plaza Factory in 2013 which claimed the lives of over 1100 workers, mostly young women.

Despite the leadership of big international brands like Levis, Kmart and H&M, some companies are still refusing to take meaningful action to ensure that women are not working in dangerous sweatshops.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are a global movement of people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Oxfam’s ultimate vision is a just world without poverty. A world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities. A world in which everyone is treated equally. They work with partners and communities to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam sees a future in which no one lives in poverty. Join their movement for change and help people help themselves in the fight against poverty.

How you can help

Hundreds of clothing companies from around the world have signed the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord and some have taken the extra step of publishing the locations of their factories, both in Bangladesh and around the world. This enables independent audits of working conditions and empowers workers to raise problems more easily up the chain.

Join with Oxfam to call for full transparency to ensure that all brands are accountable;

https://actions.oxfam.org/australia/end-sweatshops-now/petition/en/

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

 

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