I'm a Deputy Campaign Director at Change.org. Previous to joining Change.org, I was Campaigns Director at the International Labor Rights Forum.
Cipriani and NYC Consulates: Don't Host a Fashion Show by the Daughter of a Dictator
Gulnara Karimova is the daughter of the President of Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan as well as Uzbekistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and the Ambassador to Spain. As an official representative of the government, she’s well aware of the state-sponsored use of forced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry. Every harvest season, including the current season that has just begun, young people are removed from schools across the country and forced to meet government-imposed production quotas. Karimova is also known as “the single most hated person” in Uzbekistan, according to recently leaked diplomatic cables, for allegedly using her political connections to crush business competitors. Ms. Karimova is also an aspiring fashion designer who is hoping to show her collection during New York Fashion Week. IMG, one of the organizers of the official New York Fashion Week, has already cancelled her show when it was made aware of her connection to human rights abuses. Now, the New York Post reports that Karimova is approaching Cipriani’s restaurant chain in New York to host her show. Cipriani’s restaurant, whose owners pled guilty of tax evasion several years ago, should not provide a forum for Karimova’s show. Neither should the consulates of Russia, Spain, Switzerland or the United Arab Emirates which have also been approached about hosting the show. Join us in telling these venues that forced child labor is out of style and asking them to refuse to host Karimova’s show.
Tell Target to Embrace the Golden Rules for Responsible Gold
From the Philippines to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, gold mining often has devastating impacts on the workers, communities and the environment. Child labor, forced labor and other abuses of internationally recognized labor rights are widespread in this industry. For example, gold was the most frequently named commodity appearing on the US Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor from Africa to Asia to Latin America. But it does not have to be like this. Over 70 of the largest jewelry retailers in the world have endorsed the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules to take responsibility for the conditions under which gold is mined, but Target has lagged behind. The Golden Rules include respecting worker rights and international labor standards as well as fully disclosing information about the social impact of gold mining and a number of other important principles. Tell Target to stop labor rights exploitation in the gold industry by joining other industry leaders in supporting – and fully implementing – the Golden Rules. Photo credit: Jay Reed
Demand Release of Journalists Who Exposed Human Rights Abuses in the Cocoa Industry
Update: Victory! After over 1,000 signatures, the Ivorian government has released the journalists. You can still take action against continued abuses in the cocoa industry by signing this petition to big chocolate CEOs. This past week, three journalists in the West African nation of Cote d'Ivoire were arrested and accused of stealing confidential documents after their newspaper, Le Nouveau Courrier, published the findings of a report into graft allegations against former officials from the Coffee and Cocoa Bourse (BCC).Managing Editor Stéphane Guédé, News Editor Théophile Kouamouo, and Editor-in-Chief Saint-Claver Oula remain in jail as of this posting. Cote d'Ivoire is the largest producer and exporter of cocoa in the world. Dedicated journalists have worked tirelessly to expose corruption, child trafficking, labor abuses, price fixing and allegations of criminal behavior by multinational corporations for many years. Journalists play a critical role in promoting transparency and accountability in the cocoa industry and when freedom of the press is violated, it sends a chilling message to those who speak out about abuses in the cocoa sector.Take a minute to stand up for freedom of the press in Cote d'Ivoire!