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Women Supporting Women

Marielle Kerber and Thuy in the factory in Vietnam, supporting women through good working conditions and by involving the craftswomen in the designing process

“Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Around the world, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives”

Human Rights Watch

 

The Gender Gap

At Just Fashion we fight for gender and race-equality. We believe that everybody should have equal rights to make the same choices in their lives, which is not nearly the case today.

Based in Norway, Just Fashion are one of the lucky ones, at 3rd place in the Global Gender Gap Report for 2014, only beaten by Iceland and Finland.

It’s much worse for countries further down on the scale, like Nepal on 112th place, and all the way down to Yemen, at 154th place, the last one.

From the factory outside of Kathmandu in Nepal, where a/bareness know that their workers have good pay and a say in things
From the factory outside of Kathmandu in Nepal, where a/bareness know that their workers have good pay and a say in things

 

Supporting women through your fashion buys

Several designers at Just Fashion are working with women in countries further down on this list, and they make sure that

  • their factories and workshops strengthen women’s rights
  • giving not only minimum wage but also living wage
  • making sure that they have good working conditions and that the women are heard

 

From the project a/abareness did in a village in Nepal where women got to work from their homes
From the project a/abareness did in a village in Nepal where women got to work from their homes

Outside Kathmandu in Nepal our designers Abareness have taken part in a project where women, because of their caste, cannot leave their village. By giving them the opportunity to work from home, their economy and status is strengthened. These products are now unfortunately sold out, but we are hoping there are new projects to come.

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From Kerbers factory in Vietnam. Thuy working on silk products, a tricky material which need sklls to be done right
From Kerbers factory in Vietnam. Thuy working on silk products, a tricky material which need sklls to be done right

 

Just Fashion designers supporting women

By supporting designers who make sure that women get paid, not only minimum, but also a living wage, you can take part in slowly changing a mentality in countries where women rarely get a say. And in other countries, like Germany, Norway and the Netherlands, you will give a share to women in professions that are not considered prestigious or important.
Here are the designers you should buy from at Just Fashion to make sure you support women in some way.

Abareness

Makes sure that the women in the bigger knitting factory have good working conditions and living wage pay. In addition, Abareness is actively supporting educational projects that doesn’t discriminate between girls and boys, through their #coolkidsneedscleanwater project.

 

#Coolkidsneedcleanwater, a/abareness project in schools in Kathmandu
#Coolkidsneedcleanwater, a/abareness project in schools in Kathmandu

Anne Gorke

Anne Gorke modelling her Parrot Dress
Anne Gorke modelling her Parrot Dress

Are supports independent craftswomen in and around Weimar in Germany.

Apollonius

Is a woman; designer Emma does all the work herself in her studio in Oslo.

Elsien Gringhuis

Supports independent craftswomen in Netherlands. In addition, she only use women of all ages, and with focus on their thoughts, ambitions and aspirations in her lookbook campaigns, and by doing so, shows another side of fashion than the too young clothing hanger-model.

 

Liesbeth runs Fashion council Netherland and is modelling an outfit in Elsiens Gringhuis last lookbook
Liesbeth runs Fashion council Netherland and is modelling an outfit in Elsiens Gringhuis last lookbook
IIIF leather bag made by an independent female craftswoman
IIIF leather bag made by an independent female craftswoman

Idamari

Does all the work herself, in her studio in Berlin, and she is obviously a woman.

IIIF

Works with one craftswomen on Iceland for their leather bag-collection.

Kerber

Works with craftswomen (and men) in Hoi an in Vietnam. They get living wage and are encouraged in developing their skills, also taking part in the design process.

Retusj

Karen Pederstad is the designer behind Retusj, also made by hand by the designers herself in her studio in Oslo.

Just Fashion

Almost everybody involved in Just Fashion are women , and our founder is a woman. By supporting us, you also support our fight to find more designers who believe in gender and race-equality, regardless of their gender.

Just Fashion founder Marte DJupesland
Just Fashion founder Marte DJupesland

Learn more about gender equality

This video from World Economic Forum tells a short version of why the report about gender equality is important

Read and look at key statistics from the Gender Gap Report here, or download the total report.