In honor of World Day Against Child Labor on June 12, 2021 and International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor taking place this year, GoodWeave International has released a new short film entitled “Fashion’s Hidden Supply Chain.” The film is featured in the Fashion for Good museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands as part of the permanent collection starting today.
The three-minute video was filmed and produced by Will Jack Robinson of The Studio_M, and highlights the story of Muskaan, a 13-year-old girl and former child laborer, discovered by GoodWeave inspectors while working in a home-based, outsourced apparel supply chain in India.
“Muskaan is an example of the many children GoodWeave and our business partners have removed from hidden supply chains in South Asia and ensured their return to school,” said Nina Smith, CEO of GoodWeave International. “Our successful model of partnering with businesses to inspect their full supply chains, remediating child labor, and implementing social and educational programs to prevent child labor from taking place, began in the rug industry and we are pleased to be transferring that experience to apparel and other sectors.”
Since GoodWeave’s inception more than 25 years ago, nearly 8,000 children have been rescued from exploitation. The organization has also provided rehabilitation, education and other critical support to rescued children, as well as tens of thousands of other children in producer communities in India, Nepal, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, GoodWeave is delivering relief and programming across communities in South Asia like Muskaan’s to continue advancing the fight against child labor despite challenges brought about by the pandemic.
Click here to view the film: “Fashion’s Hidden Supply Chain”