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War on Want presents

Women are the Resistance: Remembering Rana Plaza

Monday 24 April
Main Space

In a nutshell

An evening marking the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh by bringing garment workers voices and stories to you with a documentary and photo exhibition

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War on Want is bringing you an evening to learn more about the women who make our clothes to mark the Fourth Anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse Bangladesh where over 1,100 workers lost their lives and hundreds of others were left injured. Join us for a screening of the new film, Worker Voices that explores the lives, work, and organizing efforts of Bangladesh’s garment workers. Through interviews carried out from 2014 to 2016, the film chronicles the barriers faced by the mostly female workers at home, at work, and in life. The film is produced by Bangladeshi lawyer, Chaumtoli Huq and directed by Mohammed Romel.

War on Want will also be showcasing stunning images that will form part of their photo series, Women are the Resistance. This exhibition was created to profile women - the leaders of the fight for justice both inside and outside of factories in Bangladesh and includes survivors of Rana Plaza, four years on.

While the devastating collapse put the spotlight on the true cost of the global fashion industry, change has been slow. But a wave of the biggest strikes the country has seen this year, show that garment workers continue to lead the way towards better working conditions for all.

What to Expect

A relaxed evening with a film screening, the chance to learn about War on Want’s work with garment workers and enjoy our photo exhibition and Bangladeshi music.

Who's Involved

War on Want

War on Want is a London-based charity that works to challenge the root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice through partnership with social movements and groups in the global South and by running hard-hitting campaigns in the UK in support of progressive change. War on Want has supported garment workers in the global South for over 50 years.

Rainbow Collective

Rainbow Collective, is a production company formed as a social enterprise and committed to raising awareness on issues of human rights through documentaries, including their acclaimed film Udita about female garment workers in Bangladesh. In addition to their production work, they facilitate training projects in countries including Bangladesh and Cambodia so that workers can tell their stories in their words.


TRAID is a long-standing partner and supporter of War on Want’s work with garment workers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China. Through their stores, TRAID turns clothes waste into funds that are in turn committed to international projects improving conditions and working practices in the textile and garment industry.

Brick Lane Circle

Brick Lane Circle organises events to promote an improved understanding about Bangladesh and celebrate the Bangladeshi diaspora. Tower Hamlets has the highest concentration of Bangladeshi origin people in the UK and Brick Lane Circle has over at least 10 years become part of the fabric of East London.

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Things you should know

Suitable for ages 15+

This event is wheelchair accessible.