As we reported, Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, is presenting her fashion line, GULI, at New York Fashion Week (September 8-15).
Labor and human rights activists are planning to hold a demonstration outside her show in New York City on September 15 with the slogan "Forced Child Labor is Out of Style!"
Every year, the government of Uzbekistan removes up to two million children from schools across the country and forces them to pick cotton. This widely documented, abusive state policy enriches a cadre of elites, including the Karimov family, and fuels a regime characterized as “an authoritarian state” by the U.S. Department of State.
Uzbekistan is among the largest cotton producing countries in the world and cotton harvested there by forced child labor finds its way into the U.S. garment industry.
The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) is calling for people in the New York area to come and support the action:
We need your support this month in New York to end this abuse! Join us in telling Gulnara Karimova, who prides herself on using Uzbek textiles, that we won’t let children become fashion victims. Come to a rally on the streets outside her fashion show, where young New Yorkers will put on their own fashion show, walking the runway to urge justice for their peers in Uzbekistan.
Find out more details and RSVP online here.
The rally to stop forced child labour in Uzbekistan will take place Thursday, September 15 from 11 am to 1 pm at The Studio at the Lincoln Center, which is at the corner of W. 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.