Award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband creates cartoon depicting how the fashion industry can be a cause for good.
On Apr 23, 2013 the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the 4th largest industrial disaster in history. That’s when #FASHIONREVOLUTION was born. There were 5 garment factories in Rana Plaza all manufacturing clothing for big global brands. The victims were mostly young women. We believe that 1,138 is too many people to lose from the planet in one building, on one terrible day to not stand up and demand change. Since then, people from all over the world have come together to USE THE POWER OF FASHION TO CHANGE THE WORLD. Since FASHION REVOLUTION started, thousands of brands are being more open about where their clothes and accessories are made and are making sure the people who make them are seen, heard, paid properly and are working in safe conditions.
In 2011 ethical fashion brand Senhoa established itself as a social business in Cambodia. Now known for it’s beautiful, timeless jewelry incorporating Swarovski crystals and artisanal wearing techniques, Senhoa has collaborated with celebrities such as super model Coco Rocha and New York stylist, Julie Ragolia, gracing the pages of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Glamour, Huffington Post and Telegraph.
The female artisanal workforce who handcraft each piece are handpicked, not due to their experience or skills set, but because they have experienced extreme disadvantage and in some cases human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Senhoa has harnessed the potential of the fashion industry to offer these women an opportunity to access safe and secure employment, transform their lives and for the first time, follow their dreams.
Acclaimed cartoonist, Tony Husband, a long standing supporter of Senhoa, shares their belief that there are too many cases where fashion brands are exploiting the lives of their workers in the pursuit of profit.
Husband says: “I have been so touched by the transformational impact Senhoa is making on young women’s lives. When you hear so many negative stories about the fashion industry and the harm it is doing, it’s wonderful to see how it can be a force for good.”
Senhoa firmly believes the fashion industry is a force for good and there is a huge opportunity for other fashion brands to offer safe and secure employment to their workforce as well as grow a successful brand. Lisa Nguyen, Founder of Senhoa says:
”By wearing Senhoa jewelry our customers directly advocate for the empowerment of women worldwide. We are so grateful to Tony for creating this visual depiction of our work, illustrating not only the positive impact our brand has on the lives of our workers, but also how our jewelry directly connects our customers with the women they are supporting around the world."
Senhoa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We support vulnerable persons and survivors of human-trafficking by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration and programs for self-empowerment.
Please visit www.senhoa.org for more information about our projects.