Posted in October 10th, 2016
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 2016. 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:The 3 women murdered on 25 Nov 1960 in the Dominican Republic and all other women who work to eradicate violence
Nov 26:Girls facing the threat of a forced marriage
Nov 27:Women and girls injured and killed at the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factories in Bangladesh manufacturing clothing for export
Nov 28:Women trafficked into sexual exploitation in Australia
Nov 29:Women choosing to purchase clothing with a slavery-free supply chain from the cotton fields to the textile factory and store
Nov 30:Girls forced into labour from a young age who cannot go to school
Dec 1:Women, exploited and forced to work in domestic servitude, and in the agricultural and hospitality industries in Australia
Dec 2:Girls at risk of being trafficked after disasters in their countries
Dec 3:Girls who are the victims of pornography production
Dec 4:Women rebuilding their lives after being trafficked
Dec 5:Young women, trafficked from Cebu and elsewhere, willing to share their stories of exploitation and healing
Dec 6:Women, especially ACRATH members, who accompany women who have been trafficked
Dec 7:Young women in South Australia who advocate for the rights of children in West Africa forced to pick cocoa used in chocolate production
Dec 8:Women leaders in politics, religion and civil society working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 9:Women who educate others to work for a slavery-free world and an end to violence
Dec 10:Women and men working to uphold human rights and eradicate human trafficking

Click here  to download a printable PDF of this reflection.