From the US to Lesotho, Covid-19 crushed women's hopes as global supply chains came tumbling down

Ms Alexandra Orozco outside of the, now closed, JC Penney stores in Delano, California, where she used to work.

Photo credit: Madeline Tolle | The Fuller Project

What you need to know:

  • Covid-19 lock-downs have obliterated a retail sector already struggling to survive before the coronavirus hit, which has in turn, contributed to the collapse of the global garment trade and wreaked havoc for millions of workers, the vast majority being women.
  • While J.C. Penney hasn’t been profitable since 2010, the 118-year-old chain filed for bankruptcy in May last year. Six.
  • Last March, as US retailers cancelled or failed to pay for existing orders worth billions of dollars, the effects quickly rippled down the supply chain. 
  • At Tzicc Clothing in Lesotho, roughly one fifth of employees have lost their jobs since May last year

In her last weeks working the freight shift at the local J.C. Penney store, Alexandra Orozco took out her phone and hit record. The 22-year-old shot a video of the giant black-and-red ’Everything Must go!” posters, and posted it on TikTok in October.


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