Article outlines the risks of RCEP for women

October 30, 2019: A new article by eco-stylist and sustainable fashion advocate, Nina Gbor, looks at the risk of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement for women. The article comes as Trade Ministers and Prime Ministers will convene in Bangkok on the weekend to try and finalise the deal, amid reports that negotiations could push over into the new year.

Gbor argues that the RCEP puts corporate profits ahead of people and the environment and would “heavily impact lives and rights of workers, especially women.” She highlights the particular risks for garment workers in RCEP nations who are disadvantaged by trade agreements that increase the power of multinational corporations without ensuring governments uphold international labour rights standards. This can lead to a race to the bottom in wages and conditions in developing countries.

Gbor also points to the risks that the deal could increase the number of temporary migrants who are vulnerable to exploitation, restrict government’s ability to respond to climate change and regulate the digital economy, and reduce funding in developing countries for vital public services.

Event - What is The True Cost of Fast Fashion? A Film Screening, Newtown Sydney

For more information on the impact of trade agreements on female workers across the region, AFTINET Convener Pat Ranald will be speaking at ActionAid Australia’s True Cost of Fast Fashion Film Screening at 6pm tonight (Wednesday October 30) in Newtown, Sydney. Tickets are available here.