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April 2nd, 2014

Rehema Ethical Fashion Show – EVENT

We love an ethical fashion event especially one that is supporting projects in Africa. So we are celebrating this event where designers and brands once more come together to put on an annual ethical fashion show, with industry speakers, raising
money and awareness for the Rehema Project.

The event is being held on Thursday 1st May 2014 at 7pm 

Venue – St Pauls in Hammersmith, next to the tube station (W6 9PJ).

A small group of London college of Fashion students (Ethical Fashion Collective) are organising a large ethical fashion show, to raise money for the Rehema project and awareness around the issues of ethical fashion.

They will start the evening by having an ethical fashion Q&A with speakers last year such as CEO Komodo, Drapers
editor in Chief and author of ethical fashion handbook. This year promises a brand new exciting panel:

• Safia Minney (Founder of People Tree)
• Lucy Siegle (BBC One Show presenter, Ethical columnist for The Guardian and The Observer)
• Ben Ramsden (Founder of Pants to Poverty)
• Tamsin Lejeune (Managing Director of Ethical Fashion Forum)
• Sam Maher (Director of Policy and International Solidarity at Labour behind the Label)
• Kate Dangerfield (Global campaigns and communications coordinator at Stop the Traffik)

There will be multiple stalls to browse as well as a fantastic fashion show with new and upcoming brands: People Tree, Komodo, Arthur & Henry, Ruby Rocks, Liora Lasselle, Choolips, Fair & True, Nancy Dee, Mia by Mia Nisbet, Jaded LDN, Monkee Genes, Cock and Bull, Riz Boardshorts, Reborn, Brothers we stand and more. .

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The Rehema project:

The Rehema project works with women who are living in extremely difficult situations in Africa, teaching them textiles skills, giving them an opportunity to provide for their families. The money raised from the Rehema outreach supports the local community, ensuring basic food is provided to the schools, feeding over 500 orphans daily. Without this support a lot of the women would be forced into compromising situations, selling their bodies, stealing or sending their children to be raised by other family members. Rehema gives women back hope and dignity.

Last August the team were able to go out to Tanzania to build the workshop, fundraised by the fashion show. This ensured that the women can work together in safe conditions. We were also able to take out additional funds for malaria nets and water well at a local school. In Tanzania 1/5 children die before the age of 5 due to preventable diseases contracted through dirty water. This year, the need has grown, so we will be fundraising for new materials, so more women can be employed. This is an amazing opportunity
to raise awareness about ethical fashion and helping such a worthy cause.

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Tickets are available on the door and include a free drink, with all the proceeds going to Rehema.
Tickets are £10 or £7 for students.
Additional donations to the charity:



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One Comment

  1. The Rehama Project looks great – Good luck!

    I’m jumping into this post without having googled Rehama or Tanzanian trade, so Iet me know if I should do more research, but I think it’s worth putting a point of view on ethical fashion sites, and here goes…

    The extreme difficulties of women in Tanzania are likely to be greater than equivalant women in the UK because of the lack of accessable services there. Access to good democracy, police, girls’ secondary schools, sickness benefit, hospitals, GP services. They would be cheaper to provide in Tanzania because of lower wages, even if Tanzanian government (or a private but compulsory national insurance system) also has lower income to pay for these things.

    The reasons that the government of Tanzania does not make national insurance compulsory or introduce a nationalised welfare state are partly to do with outside influence. The trade deal with the European Union is that a poor democratic country can have zero-tariff access to the EU market on condition it offers the same to goods from the EU. Kenyans face this choice now – some of them are keen to protect local industries. I don’t know how Tanzania fits-in to this, but in theory the system makes it hard for a country with higher costs, for example because it has a national health service, to compete. It is a system in which the worst-governed people get the most jobs.

    The reason for putting this point of view is that some of the event’s guest speakers put an opposite piont of view, arguing that free trade at all costs is the only way to go. The same people promote “ethical fashion” as fashion from special needs groups such as employment schemes in Africa, and that’s great, but textile company that does the right thing and produces in a democratic welfare state like the UK or even Hammersmith deserves support too, and that’s another question on which I put an opposite point to Ethical Fashion Forum, Tamsin Lejuene, and their backers.

    Anyway, good luck with Rehama.

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