Tag: End Violence Against Women

Who made our clothes? And who are they for?

Would you ask us where we made our clothes? We hope you do. 

We believe supporting ethical fashion is important, and it’s more closely related to the cause we fight than you may first think.

 

From 23 to 29 April is Fashion Revolution Week 2018. Fashion companies globally are challenged to tell their consumers who made their clothes. You have the right to know where your clothes came from.
 
Our clothes are made in India, Bangladesh and Turkey. The suppliers we use have been members of the Fair Wear Foundation since 2004.  This means that these companies are regularly audited for social compliance and their programs are monitored to ensure that they meet the standards set by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Incentive and other international bodies. It also means they release an annual social report, do not use forced labour, provide a safe and healthy working environment and legal labour contracts, do not discriminate, have reasonable working hours (making sure employees have time with family), and absolutely no child labour.
 
Our suppliers also obtain their materials from organic farming. Organic farming means better health for the farmers and the environment. And while it is true that we haven’t met the farmers and other workers in person yet, we hope that one day our small and humble start will eventually grow enough to enable us to visit them, to get to know them and to hear their stories.
 
Better still; to give opportunities for the most disadvantage a chance to improve their lives by creating more jobs. That’s why we honour our fashion business friends who are more advanced than us and able to do this. We celebrate their success in the fashion industry and hope to follow their steps one day.

 

We screen printed our own t-shirts at Carizza Design Studio, Marrickville. 

 

We believe supporting ethical fashion is important, and it’s more closely related to the cause we fight than you may first think.
 
Both the issues of violence against women and unethical work practises come from the underlying problem of a misuse of power. The #metoo campaign is one example that clearly highlights this issue and how abuse gender power and workplace power overlap. 
 
It is true that generally speaking, men are physically built stronger than women. But power is given to protect, not to oppress. The bigger the power is, the bigger its responsibilities.
 
In the case of a man’s role in his own environment, power is given to protect the family or the more vulnerable ones. Unfortunately we’ve seen many sad stories where men mishandle this power and use violence. Former Australian of The Year, Rosie Batty, lost her son in the hands of her abusive ex-partner.
 
So how could we encourage men to stand up against gender-based violence the same way consumers were encouraged to challenge fashion brands who made their clothes?
 
One way is through the way we design our clothes. It is the reason behind our brand. We believe that as men, you have a unique voice and power to make a difference. Our clothes are for men to publicly share their stand against violence towards women. They are also for the women and children who are affected by this issue, and for our next generations. They are for all of us as a society.
These are for whom our clothes are made.

 

This month Irrelevant Society will donate 20% of its profits to Women’s Community Shelters. Find out about Women's Community Shelter here.

 

Four Ways You Can Help Stop Violence Against Women

“The people who could do most to improve the situation of so many women and children are in fact men. It’s in our hands to stop violence against women.”

- Patrick Stewart

 

At the core of our brand, we strongly believe that men have the power to stand up against and stop violence. We’ve met so many good men out there who share the same conviction as Irrelevant Society – that violence against women is wrong. But what does standing up against violence look like? Here are some practical tips to give you a starting point.

 

#1 Start at home

The most basic form of standing up for women - and the one with the longest impact - is prevention. Teach your sons, nephews, brothers or neighbour’s kids to respect our women – not just through their actions, but also through their words. Unhelpful sayings like: “You throw like a girl” or “don’t cry like a girl” must stop. This kind of talk sends a message to our young men, as well as women, that being a girl is a bad thing.

 

#2 Say Something

Moving your conviction from the home to your community, don’t stay silent. When you hear a mate, or any guy, make a distasteful joke about women, say something. Not saying anything means you become complicit and enable this behavior, and could lead to the assumption that you agree with his joke. White Ribbon has lots of helpful tips on how to speak out, check them out here

 

#3 Talk about it

Be brave and talk about it with your mates. Starting a conversation about violence against women is not easy and can be awkward, but it’s a powerful act of standing up. The branding of our clothing provides a great conversation starter. And of course, educating yourself about the facts of violence against women is a good starting point for informed conversations.

 

#4 Intervene

If you witness violence, the first thing to remember is to always keep yourself, and then others, safe. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Stand close by but within a safe distance to make sure that the violent person knows they are being watch, ask for help and call 000 if there is an emergency.

 

Of course there are so many things that we can do to stand up, however recognizing the issue is the first step towards change.

 

In line with the White Ribbon day, from October-November Irrelevant Society will donate 20% of its profits to White Ribbon Australia. Find out more about White Ribbon Australia here.

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