Unchosen Held Its First Bath Film Campaign This Month.. Find Out More About This Dynamic Event!
'Blood, Sweat and T Shirts' is a documentary about six young people who visit the backstreets of India to live and work with people who make the clothes they wear. We are also showing 'Our Big Fair Trade Adventure' earlier in the day to Year 9 pupils at Hayesfield School, about three young people who go to India to source an ethically traded school T-shirt. Both films are aimed at a young audience and show the importance of thinking about where our clothes come from.
You had some amazing guest speakers for after the screening, please tell us about one or two of them and what they spoke about.
We were very privileged to have Sian Turner from the UK Human Trafficking Centre, Michaela Alfred-Kamara from Anti-Slavery International and Janine Woodward from Labour Behind the Label speaking at the evening event. They took part in a panel discussion on the part played by Fair Trade in the prevention of trafficking, paying people a living wage and ensuring good working and living conditions makes them less vulnerable to being trafficked.
Michaela also led a workshop for the Year 9 pupils following the earlier screening.
You linked with Labour Behind the Label in Bristol to give a photo exhibition at the event, tell us about this.
The exhibition was produced for London 2012 and highlights the working conditions of garment workers in Cambodia who made clothes for the Olympics. Their stories tell of poverty pay, excessive working hours, job insecurity and lack of union rights.
Why is Labour Behind The Label a key organisation in your eyes?
Labour Behind the Label is the UK platform of The Clean Clothes Campaign
. They raise awareness of what lies behind the manufacture of clothes in our high streets.
They run campaigns, support garment workers as well as lobbying governments to make changes.
Have you formed exciting new partnerships with the Trauma Recovery Centre, Genesis, and other org's? Why is it so important to work in partnership with other org's in the city? And further afield for Unchosen?
All our campaigns are supported by local organisations who also provide literature for our 'How to Respond' packs. Audience members have an opportunity to talk to them and maybe go on to support their work in some way. Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC) support children who have suffered trauma for a variety of reasons, including having been victims of trafficking. We have been working alongside TRC as part of the Bath Counter-Trafficking Coalition. There have been cases recently of homeless men in this country having been trafficked for forced labour, which is why we work with organisations such as Genesis.
Unchosen is a member of the Human Trafficking Foundation, where we meet with anti-trafficking organisations around the UK.
What are Unchosen's plans for Christmas and the New Year?
Our plans for Christmas are to have some time off and have a rest after a very busy few months! We have plans for more events next year, and hope to expand into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for the first time.
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