Visiting a Bangladeshi Clothing factory - or why there is not ethical consumption under capitalism
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About the Event
Do you know where your clothes come from? Many of us have heard about the poor working conditions for workers in textile factories, who are further exploited with low pay, however due to geographical distance from where our clothes are produced, we living in “Western” or “developed” countries are never directly exposed to this.
It is a confronting experience that Tekle Setargew, active with die Linke SDS, made last year as he travelled in Bangladesh. Through a series of coincidences, he was invited by managers to a factory which produces jeans for H+M, where he was able to learn about the operating procedures of the factory, take photos and videos of the working conditions, and discuss the involvement of the Bill Gates Foundation through a project connected to the health of the workers.
In his talk, he will show footage of the factory conditions, with in-depth explanation of the cultural contexts that lead to the presence of Western NGOs. Using a Marxist analysis, he will demonstrate how the superficially charitable act of billionaire philanthropy functions not to alleviate poverty, but instead reproduces the conditions which lead to poverty.