Wednesday, April 17, 2013

End Factory Fires: A Panel with Bangladeshi Garment Workers - April 23rd, 6:00pm

Last November, a horrific fire killed 112 people trapped inside the Tazreen factory in Bangladesh, which produced clothes for Walmart and other major brands. In the last decade, more than 600 have died in preventable disasters at factories in Bangladesh.

What caused the fires? How are multinational brands involved? Why did these factories lack fire escapes and other safety measures? What is the place of Bangladesh in global supply chains? How do the fires impact consumers? Can future tragedies be prevented?

Please join us for a discussion with Kalpona Akter, a former child garment worker and executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. Kalpona is an internationally-recognized labor rights advocate and was interviewed extensively following the deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions in November 2012. Kalpona will be joined by Sumi Abedin, a garment worker and survivor of the Tazreen fire.

Tuesday, April 23
Room 260, Savery Hall (map), UW Seattle

For more information, call 206-543-7946 or e-mail

Sponsored by the Washington FairTrade Coalition, United Students Against Sweatshops, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, OUR Walmart, and UFCW Local 21

To request UW disability accommodations, contact the UW Disability Services Office 206-543-6450; 206-543-6452 (TTY) or e-mail

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