Monica Holds Textile Event to Mark 10-Years Since the Rana Plaza Factory Disaster

Monica has acknowledged a decade since the tragic Rana Plaza disaster, that took the lives of thousands of factory workers in Bangladesh and injured thousands more while sponsoring an event alongside the grassroots campaign group Fashion Revolution Scotland. 

Fashion Revolution Scotland was formed in 2013, in reaction to the disaster and has spent the past 10 years campaigning to improve Scotland’s textile industry. The panel event, which included speakers from the United Nations Environment Programme and the Apparel Xchnage in Glasgow, allowed room for discussion on how we can move towards a fairer and greener textile industry here in Scotland.

Monica, opening the event with a speech, highlighted that the garment and textiles industry is both an issue for labour exploitation and environmental damage.

She commented:

“The collapse of the factories in Bangladesh on 24th April 2013 was an absolute tragedy and I can only imagine the suffering that it caused and continues to cause. I am grateful to mark 10 years since this disaster by hosting this important event.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to question who made our clothes and whether they were provided with fair and equal pay and adequate working conditions. It is thanks to the dedicated work of Fashion Revolution Scotland through their #WhoMadeMyClothes campaign, that this question has been raised by many.

“Hundreds of billions of clothing pieces are produced every year worldwide and we know that this process has devastating impacts on our planet. The Scottish Government have a target of net zero emissions by 2045 and if it wants to achieve this, the textile industry should be addressed.

“The insightful discussions that took place at the event, show that more needs to be done at a government level and I look forward to supporting Fashion Revolution Scotland to help push for this.”

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.