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THE CONSCIENCE OF CLOTHING

Documentary film project of Cambodian garment industry

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IS IT FAIR?

Documentary film project of Cambodian garment industry

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The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.

Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Fighting for a Fair Society

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is one of the six major political foundations in the Federal Republic of Germany, tasked primarily with conducting political education for progressive social development both at home and abroad. The Stiftung is closely linked to the German Left Party, Die Linke. Since its founding in 1990, the Stiftung’s work has adhered to the legacy of its namesake, German socialist leader Rosa Luxemburg, and seeks to represent critical thinking and democratic socialism with an unwavering internationalist focus.

The Hanoi office of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia embraces a mission of supporting the transformation of countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar into participatory, socially just, and ecologically sustainable societies. The RLS SEA Regional Representative Office in Hanoi opened its doors in April 2009 and currently cooperates with around 15 partner organizations, including academic institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, government institutions, and parliaments.

Our mission in Southeast Asia

Social Justice

Global economic growth is accompanied by a widening income gap and increasing social inequality. We support our partners working against this development.

Social­-Ecological Trans­formation

We foster spaces to discuss alternative development models and promote ideas for a socially just and ecological transformation.

Inter­national Dialogue

We believe in a multilateral problem-solving approach and support our partners to participate in regional and international forums.

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Publications

This section features our most recent as well as older publications addressing relevant and pressing issues in the Mekong Delta.

Our motto is

“(S)he who writes, remains”.

Must read

Laborers’ Plight - Cambodia: Stories of the Ordinary Labor 2020

In our collaborative program with Cambodian Center for Independent Media, we illustrate incidents and problems encountered by the workers, by having them speak up for their own. The authority and employers are also interviewed for their sides of the stories, and their responses accordingly.

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📌The current state of adaptation in HCMC is one of basic prevention and protection. The city’s master plan for flood responses relies mostly on hard infrastructural measures such as dykes and sluice gates to protect the city from fluvial flood (Phi and Quan 2018). While there has been progress in promoting integrated planning, sustainability and “no-regret” measures that bring positive benefits regardless of how the climate changes, disparities remain among different interest groups, and between policies and implementation. Inefficiency in public participation and stakeholder engagement is another obstacle. Moreover, climate policies and urban planning strategies rarely address inequality, or the needs and perspectives of poor and marginalized populations. This paper explores options for more transformative adaptation, which is understood here as adaptation that tackles the root causes of poverty, inequality and environmental destruction, and which can be driven by innovative policies that are grounded in normative values of social justice and environmental sustainability (UNRISD 2016; 2019). As such, adaptation needs to go beyond technical solutions and address structures and processes that currently lead to highly uneven development outcomes and exacerbate vulnerabilities. This paper seeks to investigate HCMC’s institutions, decision- making processes, as well as the potential for transformative adaptation and barriers that could prevent it. 📲: https://www.unrisd.org/transformative-adaptation-hcmc ---- #hcmc #climatechange #SEET #socialjustice #transformative #adaptation

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👉🏻The COVID-19 pandemic has once again exposed extreme inequalities in access, life opportunities, and means of consumption under global capitalism. It shows that basic needs—from health care to education and housing must be safeguarded in such a way that they are able to withstand such crises. At the same time, fierce disputes are errupting over how to distribute the costs of the crisis. Private companies are trying to shift their losses onto the public purse. On top of public debt, there is the threat of a fresh round of austerity policies as well as renewed attacks by employers. 👉🏻The defence of the welfare state is thus entering a new cycle. It should not, however, be fought as a defensive struggle that simply seeks to preserve that which is under threat. Instead, it is time for a thorough overhaul of the welfare state in order to correct its old mistakes. But what does a welfare state that is prepared for the coming decades and crises actualy look like? How can we prevent division among capitalism’s subalterns from deepening further? Captialist elites always attempt to use crises to expand their own room to manoeuvre at the expense of wage earners. What could an alternative to this look like? And where is such an altenative being fought for already? ——- ▶️Link: https://bit.ly/3bpv7kW ——- #covid19 #inequilities #wage #capitalist #socialism #cónumption #rlssea #rlshanoi #hanoi #roáluxemburg

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👉What thoughts did you take away from our documentary? What do you want to question or do differently in the future? And what could we do all together to eventually live in a more just society? ----- #theconscienceofclothing #modemachtmenschen #whomademyclothes #sustainability #fairfashion #fairsupplychains #justsociety @helenfares