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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Bangladesh factory fire survivor visits Australia




On 24 November 2012, Sumi Abedin was working in the Tarzeen garment factory in Bangladesh when she was forced to make a chilling decision. Trapped in the burning factory and faced with the horrific choice between burning alive or jumping to certain death, she chose to jump.

Not because she thought she might survive, but because at that terrifying moment she thought of her family.
By jumping she hoped her family would have the comfort of being able to identify her body. She didn’t want her parents to have the same experience as other grieving families from previous factory fires who had been faced with unidentifiable remains and unable to claim their loved ones.

Against the odds Sumi survived her jump from the third floor with a broken ankle and broken arm, but 112 of her co-workers and friends died that day. Padlocked exit doors and barred windows contributed to the tragedy.
Sumi now tells her powerful story of survival to help change the working conditions of men and women in Bangladesh. Her story needs to be heard. 1,800 people have died in factory fires and collapses in the Bangladesh garment industry in the past 10 years.

April marks the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka. The Rana Plaza collapse on 24 April 2013 killed at least 1,138 and injured an estimated 2,500 people.

Despite emerging cracks in the building resulting in an evacuation order being issued the day before the collapse, and adhered to by the banks and shops on the lower floors, the garment workers, who produced clothing for Western firms, had been ordered to return to work on the morning of the 24th April by their managers.

Those managers declared the building safe and threatened to withhold pay for those who didn’t go back to work. Hours later the building collapsed. Some of the bodies from this tragedy may never be identified.

Sumi will be joined in Australia by Kalpona Akter from the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity. Kalpona campaigns for compensation for families and workers impacted by these tragedies and for the improvement rights and conditions for garment workers.

Together they will explain what has changed in Bangladesh since the Rana Plaza collapse, how they are working to improve the garment industry and how, as Australian consumers and citizens, we can support women like Sumi to be able to work in safe and decent conditions.

Please come along and hear Sumi’s powerful story of survival and how she is working to change the lives of women in Bangladesh.


MELBOURNE EVENT

When: Tuesday 15th April. 5.30 for a 6PM start
Where: Melbourne City Conference Centre, Swanston Street near crn Lt. Lonsdale, Melbourne
Opposite State Library


SYDNEY EVENT

When: Wednesday 16th April. 5.30 for a 6pm start
Where: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Near Central Railway Station


RSVP via the Facebook event

Thursday, 10 April 2014

More New Products

Mother's Day is not far away now. Check out some new products at the Launceston Oxfam Shop.

Soft monkeys from Woza Moya (Ufafa Valley, South Africa) 


Wood works



Candles


A mousey door stopper


Weave work


Bedspread 


Dining table set


Frame and box


Friday, 4 April 2014

Oxfam meeting and other activities around Launceston

An update from Mrs Ros Lewis:

TASMANIA-WIDE Friday 4th AprilOxfam Button Day collection


LAUNCESTON Saturday 5th April 10 am - have morning tea with the author of "The People Smuggler" at88 Paterson St. (Guide Hall)

 

LAUNCESTON – Tuesday 8th April 6pm at the Royal Oak Hotel (upstairs).Launceston Oxfam Group Kym Blechynden will talk about her work in global emergencies with Red Cross. If upstairs isn’t your thing, let me know and we will hold this session downstairs. We will finish by 7pm and move downstairs for a meal.

  

Advance notice – HOBART & LAUNCESTON - the week 28th April to 2nd May, Ula Majewski (Vic/Tas Oxfam Campaigns Coordinator) will be in Tasmania to meet with groups; watch for future notices.

We look like having a chance to meet Ula in Launceston on the 1st or 2nd May.


Also a Fair Trade Fortnight event at the Oxfam Shop, probably 13th May.


From June onwards, our  regular meeting date will probably become 4th Tuesday of the month.


One more thing - do drop into the Oxfam shop to buy a raffle ticket, to support the fundraising of the Uni Oxfam Group.

 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Easter Shopping

Lots and lots to see and buy from your local Oxfam Shop. 

Check out Launceston Oxfam Shop's Easter display!


And more in store... Including new product range from Oxfam Australia's producers. 


Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

New Display and New Products in Store Now!

Come and check out our new display at the Launceston Oxfam Shop as well as some new products from our producers. 

New Display:




Some New Products: 




Monday, 24 March 2014

2 Events in Launceston - 25th March and 5th April

Update from Mrs Ros Lewis:

Tuesday, 25th March                     Support the Uni Oxfam group in Launceston
Architecture Theatrette 8 Invermay Rd. Inveresk

5:30pm AGM  with pizza 
6.00 pm Movie - Blue Gold a movieabout water - a valuable and often abused resource for the world.

Facebook event

Saturday 5th April  10.00 to 11.00 am        Meet the author of “The people smuggler.”

at Abbott Hall, 88 Paterson St.

Morning tea and to hear more about Robin De Crespigny's book The People Smuggler.

This event is jointly organised byLaunceston Amnesty International Group and Safe Asylum

Any queries contact Kathryn Louiseon facebook or emailkathrynlouisemartin@hotmail.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1376439129301617/