The name “FeminIst” has a meaning, of course. Feminism means that all people are granted the same rights – no matter what sex they are or what gender they belong to.
In fashion, equality is still a long way off. The fashion industry is one of the most female-dominated industries in the world, and yet women are exploited within the industry far more often than men.
- Under 50% of women’s clothing is designed by women.
- More than 85% of manufacturers in Bangladesh and Cambodia are women.
- More than 90% of the brands investigated by “Fashionchecker” pay wages below the subsistence level.
Manufacturers working for Western brands in Third World countries often have no employment contracts, work for very low wages including countless overtime-hours, and are exposed to physical and verbal violence. For these female workers, the feminist movement is closely linked to their working conditions. It is about a demand for decent pay, work in decent conditions, and very basic safety precautions in the buildings. It is about escaping poverty, giving their children an education and becoming independent.
With our name, we not only want to draw attention to this exploitation, but also to set a good example to change these terrible working conditions in the fashion world.