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28 D+C Vol.42.2015:2 Engagement Global supports awareness raising in Germany, for instance by funding develop- ment-education programmes. The idea is to inform citizens about ways to get actively in- volved. In this context, several programmes deal with the topic of fairtrade clothes, including: The educational project „Fair- Schnitt“ is run by the feminist organisation Femnet. It wants to ensure that sustainability aspects are tackled in the cur- ricula of fashion- and clothes- related studies. Relevant topics include workers’ rights as well as social and environmental standards in the entire supply chain. The project is run at vari- ous German universities. It offers educational material, trains multipliers and organises conferences and exhibitions. The Christliche Initative Rome- ro, a faith-based organisation, is promoting the sale of fair- trade graduation shirts within its clean-clothes campaign. The aim is to raise awareness among kids who graduate from school. A leaflet points out under which conditions gar- ments are produced, promot- ing the purchase of fair trade clothes. A second leaflet ad- dresses teachers and provides information on the background of the clean-clothes campaign. It also indicates options for action and proposes ideas for teaching students of all ages. Arbeiterwohlfahrt International (AWO), a civil-society organisa- tion, hosts workshops for teen- agers and adults in the context of its programme called: “Cheap clothes – at what cost?” The focus is on cheap products that are linked to social and econom- ic grievances. Participants are encouraged to take a critical look at their own lifestyle and con- sumer habits. They discuss crite- ria for responsible shopping and are informed about different labels. The Südwind Institute, a non- governmental think tank, is working on an analysis of the preliminary stages of the tex- tiles production chain in India – considering, for instance, the first processing stage of cotton and ginning. Südwind is doing research on different work en­vironments and in- sists that work conditions at the beginning of the value chain are just as problematic as those in garment factories. The institute plans to publish a study and two fact sheets dealing with the matter by the end of this year. Engagement Global is contrib­uting funds in support of a conference and the production of educational material. Katja Dombrowski Links: http://www.fairschnitt.org/ http://www.saubere-kleidung.de/index.php/ oeffentliche-­beschaffung/schulkleidung/ 389-zwei-neue-faltblaetter-zum-thema- schul-t-shirts https://www.awointernational.de/ globales-lernen/seminare-und-workshops/ saubere-­kleidung.html http://www.suedwind-institut.de/newsletter/ newsletter-3-14/ (All links only in German.) Go shopping with your eyes open Böthling/Photography This farmer grows fairtrade cotton organically in Bougouni, Mali.

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