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Invite Nasreen to share her transformative journey from a survivor to a leader. Her unique insights and powerful testimony provide an invaluable perspective on the importance of survivor-led initiatives. Nasreen's experience and advocacy make her an ideal voice for interviews, offering depth and understanding to this challenging issue.

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I know that I am heading in the right direction when I can taste the dust in my mouth. I’ve come to Nepal to visit a female small business owner in the country’s capital, Kathmandu.

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IIt’s 8 a.m. and Nasreen Sheikh‘s back is burning. Getting word that water would be available that morning, she and all of her neighbors woke up at sunrise to turn on their faucets.

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When Nasreen Sheikh walks down a busy street, she doesn’t see the faces of the people walking by – she sees the clothes they wear and the suffering of those who made them.


When Nasreen Sheikh walks down a busy street, she doesn’t see the faces of the people walking by – she sees the clothes they wear and the suffering of those who made them.

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According to the Global Slavery Index, nearly 50 million people are living in modern slavery, exploited because of society's desire for cheap goods.

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At 23 years of age, Nasreen Sheikh radically redefines what it means to be a Nepali woman. She is a Sunni Muslim living in a predominately Hindu community and is the founder of a fair-trade sewing collective called Local Women's Handicrafts.


I'm in Kathmandu as part of an eight-week trip volunteering at an orphanage, wandering the tourist streets and absorbing the sights – endless small shops selling everything from pig heads to pashminas – when, to escape the dust, I dodge into a local shop called Women's Local Handicrafts.

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Nasreen Sheikh is an international speaker and advocate for global human rights. Her story about how she escaped child labour and modern day slavery has been published by Forbes, Amnesty International and Cosmopolitan.


Modern-day slavery affects over 40 million people around the world and its byproduct can be seen throughout society in the clothes you wear, the phone you use, and the coffee you drink.


The Summit community floating undistracted at sea is why we come. The connections to those who will undoubtedly stand the test of time is why we stay.

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It may not be immediately clear to the average shopper how the coronavirus pandemic affects garment workers, but the people who make your clothing are profoundly impacted by it.


Think of the last outfit you tried on at the mall. What went through your head as you stood in front of the mirror? Maybe you imagined yourself wearing it to a party, or how it'd look with a different pair of shoes.

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At the nexus of human rights, labor rights, gender equality, social protection and responsible production and consumption, it is an urgent global problem -modern slavery.

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From raw materials to manufacturing, and through to packaging and delivery, modern slavery is embedded in the supply chains of the global garment industry. The clothing industry has doubled in size in the last 15 years alone, partly driven by demand for fast fashion.

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Nasreen Sheikh is an international speaker and advocate for global human rights. Her story about how she escaped Child labour and modern-day slavery has been published in Forbes, Amnesty International and Cosmopolitan magazine.

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Every April, We Wear Fair Trade honors the anniversary of the fatal Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and joins in the larger conversation around Fashion Revolution Week.

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To meet the demand of fast fashion’s ever-changing window displays, fashion as we know it has been increasingly reliant upon low-cost labour. Here’s how it affects garment workers.


In line with our purpose of Creating Meaningful Connections, we wish every success to all Asahi Europe & International colleagues who will be participating in the One Young World Summit 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom from 5th to 8th September.

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Surviving childhood slavery, social entrepreneur Nasreen Sheikh is now making the textile industry a safe place for women to work

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Join us for the 3rd annual Design for Freedom Summit — a momentous day of action and awareness. Hear from leading experts across sectors who are working to eradicate forced and child labor from the built environment.

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Nasreen Sheikh was nine years old when she fled Rajura, a Nepalese village on the border with India where she was born. “People there often become forced labor victims and the women are just domestic slaves,” she said.

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A report found almost 29 million women and girls are victims of modern slavery. Nasreen was a child labourer at the age of nine. She managed to escape but wants people to be conscious of where their clothes are coming from.

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My name is Nasreen Sheikh, and I come from an undocumented, very rural village. When I was very young, I witnessed a lot of atrocities against women and children.

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How can we shift the consumer-focused, fast fashion garment industry towards more humane and ethical practices? Or through the lens of the Catholic corporal works of mercy, how can we "clothe the naked" without exploiting the vulnerable?


Campus and community members are invited to the Illinois State University Earth Day Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Prairie Room at the Bone Student Center.

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