How One Young Woman Has Brought Fashion Revolution to Our Campus

Posted On March 7, 2020

Fashion Revolution is now made available at our very own University. This all started after one of the largest industrial disasters in the world. Fashion Revolution is a global non-profit organisation, that helps protect the environment. Various countries including Malta have their own team.

Maya Aarohi, a 20 year old university student reading for a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communication Studies was the brains behind bringing this idea to the university as she is the Maltese student ambassador for this organisation. This idea came to mind while she was away on an Erasmus program at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Fashion Revolution goes back to 2013, when a garment factory, Rana Plaza, collapsed on Wednesday 24th April 2013 in Bangladesh. This factory employed a total of around 5,000 people mostly young women. In this tragic accident over 1,100 people died and 2,500 were injured.

As human beings we need to educate ourselves and before we purchase an item we need to be aware of what we are buying. Thousands of children and low paid teens work daily for long hours in poor conditions. Some are denied breaks, bathroom access and also water.

On a personal note, Aarohi mentioned that she has always enjoyed second hand items. In fact the day we met to discuss this topic she was wearing a very stylish outfit which consisted of her aunt’s denim jacket and her mother’s dress. Also when she travels, she enjoys visiting thrift shops as a fun activity. Aarohi also mentioned that we all need to be mindful about what we have in our wardrobe and before buying we should always check second hand shops or for more options with family or close friends.

At university this organisation is made up of seven powerful and outspoken women where their aim is to help this movement grow and educate the people even more on where their clothes really come from. Their very first event on campus will be a clothes swap in April during Fashion Revolution week. Both men and women from any course or background are encouraged to join this organisation in order to spread the message to a larger audience.For more information, kindly visit their Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/fashrev_uom/

Written by Michaela Cassar

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