Fashion has power to shape migrant and labour rights, says Justina Mutale



A Workshop and Catwalk Show on the Role of Fashion in Shaping Migrant and Labour Rights will be held on 11th May 2014 at the Stadsmissionens Folkhögskola, Lövholmsvägen 18, Stockholm, Sweden.

The event has been organised by POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread headed by Justina Mutale, the African Woman of the Year 2012.

It is part of the activities of the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights at the Global Forum for Migration & Development, Stockholm 2014.

POSITIVE RUNWAY focuses on engaging the youth in cause-related and social transformations development. The international organisation utilises captivating mediums that grab and hold the attPOSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spreadention of the young generation to effect social change. POSITIVE RUNWAY is also a global HIV/AIDS awareness campaign that tours the world working with models, beauty queens, fashion designers and celebrities.

The Workshop and Catwalk Show will feature POSITIVE RUNWAY’s signature Red Ribbon Models, who will walk the runway and make presentations on the role of fashion in shaping migrant and labour rights.

Ms Mutale and her organisation will be in Stockholm as part of the Civil Society delegation to the 2014 Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), which will take place at the Münchenbryggeriet Conference Centre from 12th to 16th May 2014.

The theme of the Forum will be: “The Global Economy in Crisis: Bringing Migrants Rights to Development & Crisis Situations.”

The Forum will focus on the ongoing initiatives to include migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and also to improve the overall perception of migrants and migration at all levels.

“For the post 2015 Development Agenda to succeed, attracting the attention of the youth is crucial for governments, development agencies, NGOs as well as the corporate industry,” said Ms Mutale.

Observing that the Fashion industry, especially at manufacturing and factory level, employs a huge proportion of migrant labour, Ms Mutale said fashion “has the power to shape migrant and labour rights.”

Ms Justina Mutale, the Founder and CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS – right – with one of her models