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Ilana Winterstein

Director of Labour Behind the Label

Ilana Winterstein is a director of Labour Behind the Label, an NGO campaigning for garment worker's rights worldwide. Ilana is also a writer and has a background in theatre.

Time To Put An End To Killer Heels

Shoe production is a shady world. There is little to no transparency throughout the shoe industry, and complex global supply chains make it nearly impossible to pick up a shoe in a high street store and trace its origins.
19/09/2017 17:20 BST

The Invisible Women Who Stitch Our Shoes

As shoe consumption continues to rise, it is vital that we stop the exploitation and poverty trap that women homeworkers find themselves in. The answer is not the knee-jerk reaction that some brands may advocate of banning homeworking from their supply chains.
07/03/2016 17:13 GMT

Buying Ethically?

Behind the glamour of London Fashion Week and the aspirational images in glossy magazines is the reality of the global fashion industry: a grim picture of women living in abject poverty, struggling to survive whilst making the clothes sold on UK high streets for major fashion brands.
01/03/2016 16:50 GMT

It's Time to Change Your Shoes

This is an industry in urgent need of reform. 88% of all shoes produced are made in Asia, and in 2014 the UK bought 523 million pairs of shoes. We are all connected to this industry by the shoes on our feet and yet we have almost no knowledge as to where our shoes are made and under what conditions.
11/12/2015 10:46 GMT

Deadly Fast Fashion

One of the flawed messages of fast fashion is that clothes are disposable: wear a top once or twice, tire of it and throw it away in favour of the latest look. This has direct consequences on the women who make our clothes.
22/09/2015 17:45 BST

Why I Won't Be Boycotting Primark

In response to a boycott, brands may cut production or pull out of factories. This would lead to the loss of jobs, garment workers struggling to feed their families and families being unable to send their children to school.
07/05/2013 17:26 BST