Posted in October 28th, 2017
by Jacinta Lithgow
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Ask the questions

Who is making my clothes?

And just how sweet is the chocolate I eat?

We invite you to join ACRATH and the global community for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

During this campaign we are shining a spotlight on the clothing industry and the production of chocolate and we encourage you to participate in the campaign actions outlined. Many of the women and girls in these industries face forced labour in hazardous conditions with no chance of an education and no chance to escape from a cycle of poverty.

While we are urging schools to participate in these clothing and chocolate campaigns, they are also important community actions and we encourage you to get involved:

Ask the Questions


Who is making my clothes?

How sweet is my chocolate?

16 Days Campaign Poster

Who is making my clothes?

How sweet is my chocolate?

A reflection sheet for the 16 Days campaign; Light a candle.

A Reflective Action for each of the 16 days

At the ACRATH office we will stop and light a candle each day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25th – December 10th 2017. We ask you to gather with those in your workplace, community, family or class and join us and light a candle and remember someone each day.
Nov 25:International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Women and girls who, in 2017, make up the majority of people who have been trafficked in our world.
Nov 26:Girls and young women facing the threat of a forced marriage
Nov 27:Women stripped of their rights and trafficked into abusive work situations
Nov 28:Women trafficked from Asia into sexual exploitation in Australia
Nov 29:Women choosing to purchase for themselves and their families clothing with a slavery-free supply chain from the cotton fields to the textile factory and the stores
Nov 30:Girls forced into labour from a young age and thus denied their right to education
Dec 1:Women exploited and forced to work in domestic servitude or in the agricultural and hospitality industries in Australia
Dec 2:Girls at risk of being trafficked after fleeing conflict or natural disasters in their countries
Dec 3:1st Sunday of Advent: "Be on your guard, stay awake." (Mk13:33)
Women and girls who advocate and uphold human rights and work to eradicate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 4:Women rebuilding their lives after being trafficked and deprived of their freedom
Dec 5:Young trafficked women willing to share their stories of exploitation and healing in order to offer hope to others
Dec 6:Women from ACRAT and other NGOs who offer companionship to survivors of trafficking
Dec 7:Young people advocating for the rights of children forced to work in the mining and textile industries or in the production of chocolate and cosmetics
Dec 8:Women leaders in politics, religion, civil society and healthcare working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 9:Women and young girls who are victims of pornography production
Dec 10:Human Rights Day
2nd Sunday in Advent - "Prepare a way for the Lord." (Mk 1:2)
Women and men who educate others in their homes, schools and the wider community to bring an end to the violence of human trafficking

16 days Reflection Poster

Click here  or on the image
to download a printable PDF
of this reflection.

Follow the example of St Monica’s College

Students from St Monica’s College (Epping, Victoria) social justice group. Be More, searched far and wide to find out what ethically produced goods are available. They then turned their finds into a kit and made a short film.

The kit of goodies includes: chocolate, coffee, tea, soft drink, drink bottle, backpack, headphones, iPhone cover, sneakers, tee-shirt, toilet paper, soccer ball, sunglasses, cap, tissue, wallet, toothbrush, underpants and more. The kit and film about ethically produced goods, was developed with support from Fair Trade AAssociatin of Australia and New Zealand’s Fairtrade Innovation Fund, and is now a travelling road show that has gone to many schools that also want to show what’s possible.

If your school would like to host St Monica’s roadshow, contact St Monica’s College at admin@stmonicas-epping.com or 03 9409 8800.

See St Monica’s film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4psqi-dn2I&t=5s