Solidarity Statement on Rana Plaza JR
Earlier this week marked the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which occurred in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013. On that day, 1,127 textile industry workers died and more than 2,500 people were wounded. The majority of the victims were women, many of whom ended up unable to work again. It is, to this day, the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry worldwide.
The victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse were exposed to subhuman working conditions and exploited by the corporations that did business there, including Walmart, The Children's Place, North Face, Benetton, Mango, and Zara.
The atrocity at Rana Plaza reminds us that we must not only be intersectional with our fights but in line with our Femme Agenda, we must always use a gender lens when considering how to think about capitalism, racism, sexism and so many other oppressions. As history has shown us, the most vulnerable and most marginalized in our societies across the globe are women and girls of color.
The fashion industry is an industry that exploits the labor of women and girls primarily from the global south, while simultaneously eroding the planet in egregious ways.
The Miami Workers Center, as members of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, a chapter of the World March of Women, decry all systems that place more emphasis on profit and gain over the lives of women and girls. Here, in south Florida, we are working closely with domestic workers in their fight to demand better salaries and working conditions. And we know that because we are global citizens, the fight for fair labor is an international one.
We will continue to work tirelessly in our work and in coalitions with local and international organizations to limit our dependence on industries that exploit the labor of women and girls and cause dramatic impacts on the planet.
"As 24th April comes around again, we, the women of the World March of Women, reaffirm our struggle, condemning the patriarchal capitalist system which preserves and perpetuates inequality due to the sexual division of labor, subjecting women to reproductive work while simultaneously rendering this work invisible and discrediting it within a broad economic sphere. Reproductive and care work is what generates, reproduces and sustains the life which maintains all other social and human dynamics. And yet, the capitalist, patriarchal system appropriates the labor power of women, and, in many circumstances, manipulates and commodifies this work for its own financial benefit...For this reason, we, the World March of Women, will mobilize on 24th April 2018 to reaffirm our fight to defend the systems which sustain life and to call for our work to be valued as a central part of the economy and of all systems ensuring the sustainability of life. We champion the values of coexistence and solidarity among women, between men and women, and between human beings and nature." Read the full statement HERE.