Date of Submission

Spring 2020

Academic Program

Human Rights

Project Advisor 1

Helen Epstein

Abstract/Artist's Statement

The 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh was the worst industrial disaster in modern times and began a turning point for change in the garment sector. This paper will uncover human rights violations such as the exploitation of garment workers, verbal and physical abuse as well as the right for workers to collectively bargain. The paper will begin with a brief background of the Bangladeshi garment sector, then the pressure of the “Fast Fashion” demand for the industry and gender dimensions. It will conclude with remediation efforts from local and international levels from social movements, campaigns, and programs such as The Accord on Fire and Building Safety and The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. What were the conditions before Rana Plaza? What led to Rana Plaza? And how did Rana Plaza change the industry? These are the questions that will be answered and discussed.

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